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Jamestown Mercantile

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c. 1896. Main St. (NR)

Jamestown (1867, 6,920 feet) was once called Elysian Park for its mountain setting, where galena gold ores were discovered along James Creek in 1864. Two strikes in 1875 and a third boom in 1882 produced a peak population of perhaps 1,000. An 1883 town plat attempted to bring order to a conglomeration of saloons, dance halls, parlor houses, and gambling dens, many of which were washed away by an 1884 flood. A vernacular frame store of two and one-half stories nestles into the hillside on its stone foundation. Its pedimented false front has a round-arched window centered in the gable peak. It has the prototypical recessed central entry, transomed glass display windows, and kickplates. Above the general store and post office was the Odd Fellows Hall. To the west is the 1935 town hall.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Jamestown Mercantile", [Jamestown, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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