THE GOLD IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.
DENVER, June 20, 1859.
For some ten years past, vague stories affirming or implying the existence of gold in our country's principal chain of mountains, have from time to time reached the public ear; but they seemed to rest on very slight or insecure foundations, and attracted but limited and transient attention. An Indian's, or trapper's, or trader's bare assertion that, in traversing the narrow ravines and precipitous heights of our American Switzerland he had picked up a piece of quartz lustrous with gold, or even a small nugget of the pure metal, was calculated to attract little attention, while California was unfolding her marvelous treasures, and while the fact stood forth clear and unquestioned, that not one pound of the precious dust from all the region watered by the Missouri's mountain tributaries had ever been known to swell the world's aggregate of the all-desired metal, and not one company, or individual even, was known to be seeking the yellow idol on this side of the backbone of our continent. So far as I can learn, the first three parties ever organized to search for gold in all this Rocky Mountain region, were fitted out in the spring of 1858, from the Cherokee nation from Missouri, and from Kansas ( Lawrence) respectively; and these, though they carried home or sent home large stories of the auriferous character of the country they "pros-