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Muriel Sibell Wolle

Keith Hayes
Ever wonder who Muriel Sibell Wolle was?

She was on the CU arts faculty prior to 1970 (the art building was named after her when I was at school there in the 80s). She was inspired (as we are) by the mining towns west of Boulder and made it her mission to photograph the remains after World War II. A compilation of these images, along with sketches, is the book, "Stampede to Timberline."

Evidently there is now a short documentary on Muriel and her colleagues: https://vimeo.com/216581020
Keith Hayes
Leadville in Sn3
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Robert Stears
You are correct.

She was a profession in the University of Colorado Boulder art department to
Who joined the Boulder faculty in the 1920's.

She traveled the "ghost towns" of Colorado and documented what was once called "The Rocky Mountain Appalachia" in the 1920's and 1930's - long before the ski boom and when people used to move to Denver for their health and TB treatment.

My father was a professor at the CU medical school in Denver (1965 - 2001) and would travel to the Boulder campus on occasion for facility meetings and would usually come home to Denver with one or two of her drawings. She would attend facility meetings and sell her drawing and paintings outside in the hallway. They were usually $45 each. I have about a dozen of them hanging in our home - several of which were published in her books.

Guests to our home often comment on why I have drawings of run down mines and ghost towns hanging in our dining room and living room. When they hear the story they understand, or at least say they do.

Her work is pretty scarce now and tends to fetch thousands of dollars each. Occasionally, when I was a student in Boulder in the late 1970's they would turn up at garage sales for a song and a smile.

RS





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Ever wonder who Muriel Sibell Wolle was?

She was on the CU arts faculty prior to 1970 (the art building was named after her when I was at school there in the 80s). She was inspired (as we are) by the mining towns west of Boulder and made it her mission to photograph the remains after World War II. A compilation of these images, along with sketches, is the book, "Stampede to Timberline."

Evidently there is now a short documentary on Muriel and her colleagues: https://vimeo.com/216581020
Keith Hayes
Leadville in Sn3



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Robert McFarland
Many of her  photos are on the DPL Digital
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Jeff Young
Cool story, Robert.  I’ve always been a big fan of hers.

And thanks for the book reference, Keith.  I’ll have to pick up a copy….

Cheers,
Jeff.
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Rick Steele
There were two books,

Stampede to Timberline

and

Timberline Tailings

Those were her best known works.

Rick
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Robert McFarland
Typing in her complete name on DPL Digital you will find 68 pages of photos
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Chris Walker
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I have two more in my collection, as good as or better, those being The Bonanza Trail and Montana Paydirt respectively.  One says she had two more that I haven't seen reprinted, Cloud Cities of Colorado and Ghost Cities of Colorado.  Very enjoyable and entertaining, but not as illustrated as I'd wanted, since she also took many photographs as well.
Maybe one day those will be digitized.
UpSideDownC
in New Zealand