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The Orphan Boy: A Love Affair with Mining, by H. Court Young

The Orphan Boy, A Love Affair with Mining is a book about a man who pursued his dream of being a miner. An educated man, a graduate geologist, this man orchestrated the reopening of a mine, after World War II, that was first opened in the 1880s. He followed a dream pursued by few at that time and even fewer today.

The mine is located along the Continental Divide at 12,000 feet in one of Colorado’s richest mining districts. You will read about this man’s life as a young lad, as a college graduate, a World War II pilot and then as owner/operator of the Orphan Boy mine.

You will view never before published family photos, and read about his difficulties in locating and reopening the mine. As one reader notes, “there are details in this book about this mine and mining, at the time of the reopening and 60 years earlier, which make it a very interesting read.”

You will enjoy “living the experience” of the crews working to reopen the Orphan Boy at 12,000 feet elevation. There are explanations of the challenges required to extract and transport the lead-silver-zinc ore from the mine to the smelter. In the end, several unexpected events involving the Orphan Boy make for a very interesting twist-of-fate for the man and his dream.

As a bonus, this book includes a DVD with maps, historical documents and photographs about the mine, the area and the Montezuma Mining District. This spectacular area is a four-wheelers, ATVers, hikers and bicycler’s dream, which the author is happy to share.

But, most important, the author wants to share the story of his father, Herbert Thompson Young. He was an unusual and interesting man who impacted lives by pursuing his dream and destiny in a very unique way.

You can also purchase the Going for the Gold DVD in addition to this book.

As a bonus, you will also receive a free monthly subscription to H. Court Young's newsletter, Illume. This 1-2 page newsletter is intended to promote awareness about timely issues, focusing on energy, water, and mining, as well as writing and journaling.

What readers are saying about Orphan Boy:

“A great tribute to Court’s Dad and to Colorado mining history. An interesting read and remembrance of our mining roots.”
Richard Kunter, Consulting Metallurgical Engineer, Mining & Metallurgical Society of America

“Court, what a beautifully written book about the Orphan Boy mine. This is not only about a mine and a man’s passion, it’s part of American History. This is a book for those of us who enjoy American History and a must for those in the mining industry or geologists.”
Chuck Lake, Public Relations Director, LCA Project

“This is a very, very good story; well written and from the author’s own family experiences. It is also from the heart. A truly good read.”
William James Dunn, Mining Engineer

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