LEADVILLE, Colo., of which a view is given herewith, is one of the wonders of the West. Its discovery and subsequent rapid development were due solely to its underground wealth in the shape of mines, and to that discovery is due the development of Denver itself and that of the whole State of Colorado. Its development during the comparatively few years of its existence and its prosperity have kept pace Its rise has not been as that of the rocket, to come down with the stick, but has been accompanied with a steady growth in population, buildings, business, and material wealth. Leadville is no mere boom town, but one destined to stand—so long, at least, as its apparently exhaustless stores of mineral wealth shall remain for future miners to bring to the surface. Its population is over 14,000 and in fine public and quasi.public buildings, schools, etc., it is far ahead of many a city lying far eastward and southwards.

As might be expected in a Colorado city, it is well supplied with water, the source being inexhaustible mountain streams. Its water works are owned by a private company, whose officials are as follows: I’resident, W. E. Hawks, Bennington, Vt.; treasurer, W. W. Mason, Portland, Me.; secretary and superintendent, C.N. I’rkldy. Cost of works, $700,000; capital stock authorized, $400,000; bonded debt, $300,000. The franchise of the company extends over twenty years from 1879 and while the water rates are subject to regulation by the city jointly with the company, the latter is not exempt from local taxes. The supply is gravity punqxrd to seven reservoirs.with a capacity of 10,000.000 gallons. The pumping engines (Cameron) have a daily capacity of I 000,000 gallons; there are 150 public and live private hydrants, of the Holly make; thirty miles of pipe,iron,four inches to twenty in diameter—Pec t and I.udlow valves; pressure—domestic eighty pounds, fire, 150. The taps are made free by the company; the services, galvanized iron and lead, are [aid for by the consumer. While there are only five meters in t.eadville—all private—the company can compel the use of meters and any consumer can have one. Much renains to be done in f.eadvil!e in the way of sewerage. Its present system is that of storm sewers only— and but partial at that.


Lcadville’s fire department under Chief Good friend has a total membership of twelve.[aid full time. Its fire area is two square miles,with mercantile buildings of brick and wood from one to four stories and private residences of wood from one to two stories. Its apparatus consists of two chemical extinguishers, one book and ladder truck, two hose carriages, one hand hose cart, 5,000 feet of good cotton hose, inferior, 300 feet. The Gamewell fire alarm telegraph has been installed with fourteen street boxes. The value of Leadvitle’s fire department equipment is $25,000; of buildings occupied, $12,000—the total annual expenses of the department being $16,000.

Since Governor Griggs signed the bill passed by the New Jersey legislature permitting the Delaware river to be dammed, a company has been incorporated to construct a dam in that river near I-ambertville, where the incorporators operate a large paper mill. Tie capital stock is $100,000. Next?

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