Wild Colorado Mining Days

 In 1872, gold and silver were discovered in would become the towns of Rosita and Querida. 

The area was named Rosita, possibly for the small wild roses commmon in the area. By 1875, Rosita had 1,500 residents. In 1879, miners working in nearby Querida made $3.00 for 10-hour day. Silver was found in Silver Cliff in 1878 creating a huge influx hopeful millionaires.

Many Pueblo farmers and business men supplied food, clothes and other merchandise to the miners. A number of the miners started out as Pueblo first traders and settlers.