Patricia Bradbury Holton Collection
Images in this collection show the town of Granite and surrounding area during its early years and date from 1880 to 1900. Some of the images include the writing that appeared on their backs, located next to them.
The Galvin and Bradbury families settled in Granite and worked in the local mines during the late 1880s into the 20th century.
Patricia’s great-grandmother, Rachel Bradbury kept a diary during their working vacation in the summer of 1880. The family traveled by wagon from Canon City to Gothic in search of gold. They suffered many hardships, but found awe in the beauty of the Colorado mountains.
A view of Granite, taken ca. 1883. The ‘x’ marks the location of the courthouse which burned down in 1897.
B.W. Marsh’s Harness Shop. This building was later an Assayer’s Office and burned down in the 1920s.
The Aztec Mine owned by Jesse Bond. This image features two African Americans, highlighted by checkmarks.
The Commercial Hotel in Granite, 1883. This building was in existence during the height of Leadville’s freighting days and later became Willard’s Hotel.
The E Shaul Sample Room, a place where salesman showed off their merchandise. Charlie Brown’s father is on left end. This image was taken in the 1880s.
An image of the Granite train station, loading tools which are headed for Aspen. The ‘x’ marks the location of the Bradbury house. Taken in 1887.
Mary Galvin, Margaret Galvin, Edward Galvin, and Patrick Galvin are featured in this photo. This image was taken ca. 1891.
The old Ball House was upriver above Spurr’s old home. Names of some of those pictured are: Mrs. Pratt, Mrs. Jim Ball’s mother, Miss Ball, Mrs. Jim Ball, Jim on the steps, Mrs. Murphy (?) with baby, and May Ball Whitson.