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Norman and Mildred Blake Family Papers

Identifier: WH1940

Scope and Contents

The collection Includes financial materials, mine information and reports, correspondence, safety information, drilling information, explosives information, inspection reports and information, newspaper clippings, ledgers, survey maps.


  • 1900-2007


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

In 1859, Edward S. Blake (1846-1922) left Maine to work in the mines around Mountain City, located between present day Black Hawk and Central City, Colorado. He worked on the toll roads and hauled ore to the stamp mills before owning a livery stable in Black Hawk. Edward S. Blake and his wife, Katie (b. Ireland; 1860), had three sons: Osgood (1880-?), Harry Syalvians Blake (1882-?) and Otto Montford Blake (1880-1966). Osgood moved to Pueblo, Colorado, but Otto and Harry stayed in Black Hawk and ran the local livery station, which eventually became the first Texaco gas station in Colorado. Otto M. Blake and his wife had no children, but Harry S. Blake and his wife Mary had five children: Edward S. (1908-1976), Otto O. (1910-1982), Melvin L. (1913-1982), Norman R. (1919-2004), and Dowell G. (1928-1993). David, the grandson of Otto O. Blake, was a member of the Black Hawk City Council and was one of the original supporters of the referendum that legalized gaming in the mining towns of Cripple Creek, Central City, and Black Hawk, Colorado.


18 Boxes

5 oversize folios

24 Oversize file folder

1 tube

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; S. Diane Rittenhouse; 2006, 2009.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Norman and Mildred Blake Family Papers
Keli Schmid
April 25, 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States