Leadville, CO Snowslide, Jan 1916
BIG SNOWSLIDE AT LEADVILLE
MINE BUILDINGS WRECKED AND TREES SNAPPED LIKE STRAWS IN DISASTER.
TWO DIE, BUT 20 ESCAPE
Western Newspaper Union News Service.
Leadville, Colo. --- Leaving death and ruin in its white curse, a tremendous snowslide swept with terrific impact down the steep passes of Mount Elbert, in Lake county one mile above Twin Lakes, Wednesday afternoon shortly after 1 o'clock, buried alive two mining men, one a former resident of Denver. Twenty other mine employes [sic] narrowly escaped death as the frozen snow and earth thundered down the mountain side. The dead are J. W. REMINE, 33 years old, brother of MRS. JOHN WINKLER, 1114 Acoma street, Denver, and PAUL STIFFLER, 40 years old of Twin Lakes. REMINE was the son of W. P. ROMINE, the mention of whose name recalls to the pioneer prospectors one of the most successful of the early day gold diggers.
Both men were in the employ of the GORDON group of gold mines. With a score of other men they were endeavoring to reach a shaft opening by cutting their was through deep snow.
Then came the moving, crashing, thundering slide, snapping trees at the roots as if they were straws, sweeping them down, down the bottomless depths of the sheer mountain side.
In the path of the slide were the mine buildings, which were wrecked by the oncoming run and carried along in its maddening speed.
With a great roar, the slide finally was broken up when it struck a high barrier of cliffs near where the town of Twin Lakes is situated.
Range Ledger Colorado 1916-01-22