Growing up in a mining camp

20 May

Denzil Acklin was born in 1929 and grew up in the Industrial Mine coal mining camp near Superior, Colorado, during The Depression. Yesterday (May 19, 2014) he was awarded a Square Nail Award by the Boulder County Heritage Roundtable for his contributions to historic preservation in Boulder County.  Mr. Acklin was interviewed by Shirley Steele in 2002 for the Maria Rogers Oral History Program. Jenna Woods has produced a “History in a Minute” short video of Mr. Acklin talking about living in the Industrial Mine Camp. The video includes a hand-drawn map of the mine camp housing and photos of the family, the mine camp, and the run-down housing that his mother turned into the nicest house in the camp.

Got a minute? You can watch this short video here or directly on YouTube:


The complete interview is posted on our online oral history archive at


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