By Don Southerton
My new writing project, which will be release soon in eBook format and print, explores the business efforts of Henry Collbran who brought modern technology and innovation to the Korean peninsula.
Stepping back in time... on word that East Asia held rich untapped mining opportunities Collbran left his home in Colorado for Korea in 1896. After pursing a railway project, Collbran secured the franchise to build a modern electric streetcar system. Over the next several years, the entrepreneur added additional concessions including the first telephone system, a modern waterworks, a bank, a coin mint, and even a movie theater. During his later years in Korea and with financial support of Colorado beer baron Adolph Coors and other investors, Collbran turned his effort to highly lucrative gold and copper mining operations before eventually retiring to a life of leisure in London.