Selling History
Selling History: Advertisements of Leadville Jewish Businesses

This exhibition was initially installed the summer of 2015. Then during the summer of 2017, the exhibition expanded to complete the timeline once more information became available after 2015. The timeline goes from the 1870s to the 1920s.

Selling History

When Jews came to Leadville in the 1870s and early 1880s, they saw opportunities to meet the needs of the people, especially miners, in the quickly growing mining town. Many of the Jews were already well skilled and knowledgeable in establishing and running businesses. These business owners knew that sales were very important in order to stay in business. Therefore, many of them advertised in the Leadville newspapers once they began publication to drum up business and continued doing so throughout the lives of each business.

Leadville Newspapers

Six newspapers began publication starting in 1879 or 1880 shortly after Leadville incorporated. During that beginning time, some of the papers had slight variations of their names. Late in 1885, four of the newspapers merged (Leadville Daily Herald, Leadville Weekly Herald, Leadville Democrat, and Leadville Weekly Democrat) to become a new newspaper called The Herald Democrat starting in 1886. Three newspapers remained which continued into the 1900s. The Herald Democrat still exists today with small weekly papers.

Leadville Newspapers
Major Leadville Events

1878: Rich load of silver discovered from the Little Pittsburgh Mine.

1878: United States passed Bland-Allison Act authorizing the purchase of silver.

1878: Leadville became an incorporated city and held an election.

1890: United States passed Sherman Silver Purchase Act.

1893: After the Panic of 1893, the United States repealed Sherman Silver Purchase Act.

1896: (Jan-Mar), Ice Palace events.

1896: (Fall), Miners struck against the mining companies and the strike became violent and deadly.

1914-1918: Great War (World War I)

1916: January 1, Colorado started state wide prohibition of alcohol.

1920: Start of national prohibition of alcohol. (1920-1933)

Presidents During This Timeline

18. Ulysses S. Grant, March 4, 1869 to March 4, 1877

19. Rutherford B. Hayes, March 4, 1877 to March 4, 1881

20. James A. Garfield, March 4, 1881 to September 19, 1881 (DIO)

21. Chester A. Arthur, September 19, 1881 to March 4, 1885

22. Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1885 to March 4, 1889

23. Benjamin Harrison, March 4, 1889 to March 4, 1893

24. Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1893 to March 4, 1897

25. William McKinley, March 4, 1897 to September 14, 1901 (DIO)

26. Theodore Roosevelt, September 14, 1901 to March 4, 1909

27. William Howard Taft, March 4, 1909 to March 4, 1913

28. Woodrow Wilson, March 4, 1913 to March 4, 1921

29. Warren G. Harding, March 4, 1921 to August 2, 1923 (DIO)

30. Calvin Coolidge, August 2, 1923 to March 4, 1929

The Advertisements of Leadville Jewish Businesses
Timeline 1870-1884
Timeline 1870-1884
Timeline 1885-1899
Timeline 1870-1884
Timeline 1900-1914
Timeline 1870-1884
Timeline 1915-1924
Timeline 1870-1884

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Leadville, Colorado 80461

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