2.5 linear ft. (1 carton, 2 wrapped pkgs.) (3000 pieces)
Open to qualified researchers.
The collection contains correspondence, legal documents, mining company minutes, financial records, an autograph album, a scrapbook, and a hotel register. It also includes an unpublished manuscript "Pike's Peak or Bust : the Colorado Pioneers of Fifty-Eight and Fifty-Nine" by Hall daughter Minnie Betsy Hall Perry Murphy DeSoto.
Photographs have been transferred to the Society's Dept. of Photography.
Charles Hall came to Colorado in 1859. He established the Colorado Salt Works near Fairplay; and was a promoter of the Twin Lake-Red Mountain Wagon Road. He and several others organized the Leadville Illuminating Gas Company in 1879. He also became involved in several mining ventures in Colorado and Arizona. Hall served three terms in the Colorado legislature, twice representing Park County and once representing Lake County. In 1862 he married Mary Melissa Hill Nye. They had three children: Charles A., Mildred Nettie, and Minnie Betsy. In 1885 Mary Melissa Hall was instrumental in the establishment of the first Christian Science church in Colorado.
Finding aid available. See Curator for list of correspondents.