Gold to the Rescue to Fix Denver Capitol
Source: New York Times, Kirk Johnson (9/26/11)
"Colorado's Capitol dome needs $17M in urgent repairs. The owners of the same mine that supplied the first gold leaf in 1908 said they would donate 72 oz. of the metal."
Colorado's Capitol dome topped out around the turn of the last century, sheathed in shimmering gold leaf from a local mine even as the great gold boom that had built the territory and filled it with rip-snorting mine-towns and gaudy excess was nearing its end.
Different times, these.
The dome now needs $17 million in urgent repairs that the state doesn't have to spare, and gold is once again booming, with prices near all-time highs. So at a ceremony at the Capitol on Thursday, the owners of the same mine that supplied the first gold leaf in 1908, the Cripple Creek & Victor, said they would donate 72 new ounces of the metal, enough to complete the circle and restore the rotunda's filigree to its old luster. . .View Full Article