April 08, 2022

Population of Summit County

The population of Summit County and its towns rose and fell with the fortunes of mining. 
From an initial estimate of “hundreds” in the county in 1860 during the first gold rush, the number dropped to 258 by 1870.  With the second boom in 1880, the number of residents grew to 5459, only to drop to 1906 by 1890 because of the looming national silver crisis. 

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