Wallace Stegner

Leadville, COLORADO • New Almaden, CALIFORNIA & the West

  • Photo of Leadville, Colorado
    Situated at an elevation of 10,152 feet. — Leadville, Colorado

    “There is a process of Westernization of the Perceptions that has to happen before the West is beautiful to us. You have to get over the color green; you have to quit associating beauty with gardens and lawns; you have to get used to an inhuman scale; you have to understand geological time.”
    Wallace Stegner
    “Thoughts in a Dry Land”
    Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, 1992
  • Photo of Leadville’s main street
    Leadville’s main street made its first appearance in Angle of Repose as “a long gulch…littered with wreckage, shacks, and mine tailings. It was rutted deep by ore wagons, scalped of its timber….The shacks grew thicker, the road became a parody of a street.” — Leadville, Colorado
  • Photo of mining district east of Leadville, Colorado.
    An engineering term, the angle of repose is the maximum angle of a stable slope determined by friction, cohesion and the shapes of the particles. One of 67 mines in the mining district east of Leadville, Colorado.
  • Photo of river on the way to New Almaden
    River on the way to New Almaden, California
  • Photo of Zion National Park
    Zion National Park, Utah where Stegner went camping as a child.

    “I came from the arid lands, and liked where I came from. I was used to a dry clarity and sharpness in the air. I was used to horizons that either lifted into jagged ranges or rimmed the geometrical circle of the flat world. I was used to seeing a long way. I was used to earth colors—tan, rusty, red, toned white.
    Wallace Stegner
    “Finding a place: A Migrant Childhood”
    Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, 1992

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Appendix :: Literary Destinations

Wallace Stegner


Stegner Memorial Bench
At the intersection of Long Ridge Road and Long Ridge Trail.
Website: www.openspace.org

New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum
21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
Phone: (408) 323-1107
Website: www.sccgov.org

The Wilderness Society
Website: wilderness.org

Wallace Stegner Center
J. Willard Marriott Library
295 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Website: wallacestegner.org

The National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum
120 W. 9th St.
Leadville, CO 80461
Phone: (719) 486 – 1229
Website: www.mininghalloffame.org

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