Raised in the historic Cripple Creek - Victor Gold Mining District of Colorado, author Sylece Andromeda spent her childhood fascinated by old timer tales that brought to life, the glory days of "The World's Greatest Gold Camp." As the years went by, and this special breed of men saw their generation passing on, they asked Andromeda to record what she could of a history that was fast disappearing. After countless interviews with olden-day miners and the gathering up of oral histories done when the author was barely in kindergarten, this captivating work, Hardrock Man - Whispers from the Cripple Creek Mining District, fully delivers the character, flavor, and essence of those hardrock men who mined for gold . . . underground. In addition to the interesting and humorous stories related by the interviewees in their own special way, Andromeda also includes a glossary of terms and a brief history of the District. For the miner who has been underground, this book will evoke memories. For every reader, this book preserves treasures from the past - a way of life and the people who lived it.