This week in history Oct. 16, 1920: Wellington Mine closes, businessman dies – Summit Daily News

As reported in the Oct. 16, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal: A general view of the enormous crowd at a Sinn Fein (Irish political party) demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London. Many fiery orators addressed the multitude.
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This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of Oct. 16, 1920.

Increased freight rates close Wellington Mine

Both mills of the Wellington Mines company and practically the entire mine force will be curtailed sometime within the next 30 days, owing to the increase of the freight rates.

It was a known fact that the increase, which amounted to $3.50 to $3.75 per ton, would cause a great loss in the Wellington grade of ore, but manager R. M. Henderson used every effort to gain a concession of a reduced rate from the railroads. These efforts have all failed in spite of the fact that similar concessions have been granted by the Rio Grande from Eagle County points.

The Wellington is one of the largest producers of zinc ore in Colorado and one of a very few that were able to operate during the period following the war when the bottom fell out of the price of zinc.

It has been the largest employer in Breckenridge and its closing down will probably work a hardship on the community. Manager Henderson states that the pumps will