Rouse, Colo. Silver State Photo Co., (n. p.). Ca 1890s? Image: 4-13/16" x 3-7/8". Mount: 6-1/2" x 4-1/8". Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Some faint extremity stains, with one faint spot in the center of the image. About Very Good. Item #46644
The town was named after S. F. Rouse of the Colorado Coal and Iron Company. This town was located six miles south of Walsenburg, Colorado, now a ghost town. In the town's vicinity was a coal mine, also named after Rouse, which was operated by Colorado Fuel and Iron. Rouse was the No. 4 mine of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company. It opened in 1888 as the biggest coal mine in the state, and in 1889 was the leading producer in Huerfano County, averaging 70 rail cars a day.
Based on their appearance, the young ladies possibly Utes, known to have lived in southern portion of the state, though this pure speculation on our part..
As to Silver State Photo Co., no doubt this enterprising photographic firm took advantage of the economic boom that accompanied the working of the coal mine & offered the expanded community their services. That said, we find no contemporary record of the firm, apparently now having faded to oblivion.