Bailey: A small town's history (continued)
The inhabitants of the rapidly growing town of Bailey pronounced that, in time, and with more mining involvement, Bailey would likely become more popular than Leadville (a large mining town), especially considering its close proximity to Denver. An article in a local newspaper at that time even stated that the area had become very popular, having a post office, depot, newsstand, sawmills, and cozy cottages. There were even two passenger cars on the railroad that travel both directions everyday.
The single most significant industry for the town of Bailey in the early 1880s was timber. Timber was needed for construction lumber, railway ties, posts, poles, firewood, and much more. The small, isolated town continued to become more bustled and busy. Moving timber and associated commodities through the railway system transformed Bailey from the original small population to a much larger and more complicated place to live. Fed up with all of the commotion, William and Ann Bailey moved west to California in 1880. William Bailey later died at age 78. After the death of her husband, Ann Bailey returned to the town of Bailey to live with her sister Elizabeth.