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This site came to life after a lifetime accumulation of information and resources about historic places in the United States. I have lived and visited almost every state in this Read more

Bremner Alaska

The Bremner Historic Mining District is a mining camp in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Located just to the north of the Bremner River, it was the Read more

Melmont Washington

  The town was founded in 1900 when the Northwest Improvement Company, a subsidiary of Northern Pacific Railway, started the Melmont coal mine. The town consisted of a schoolhouse, a train Read more
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Orogrande Mining District Otero County NM

Ororgrande Mining District - Little Joe Mine (Garnet Mine)

Robert M. North

N.M. Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources
Socorro, N.M. 87801

The orogrande (Jarilla, Silver Hill) mining district, located in the Jarilla Mountains (T 21, 22, s,, R. BE., Otero County, Fig. 1) is a past producer of gold, silver., copper, lead, iron and turquois. The ore deposits with the· exception of turquoise occur as late-stage veins and limestone replacement deposits in skarns associated with the intrusion of a Tertiary
.monzonite-quartz monzonite stack complex. The turquoise was formed during the supergene alteration of the stock.

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Ghost Towns, Mines, Mining Camps and US History is a community portal for historical sites located in the United States. Here I am attempting to compile a Wiki-type database of lost towns, mines, mining camps, rockhounding areas and localities that hide secrets to our wonderful past. This site is a labor of love on my part and will probably take many years and millions of hours to complete. For that reason, not everything is free... Also, I would like to make one simple request: If you use this site and enjoy the information, please donate whatever amount you can in order that I can afford to keep going. You will find a convenient Paypal donate link located on each page. Enjoy, share, like and freely use what you find here.

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History of Metal Mining in Washington

Excerpt from Metal Mines of Washington - 1921
by Ernest N. Patty


Between the lines of the history of metal mining can be read the romance that attends the mining development of the Western Country. It was the quest for gold that first brought the miner and prospector into Washington Territory, when there came the rush to the placer gold finds near Old Fort Colville during 1855. This gold was found along the river terraces of Columbia and Similkameen rivers and some of their smaller tributaries.

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Fort Hall Indian Reservation Idaho - 1920


As far back as the later part of the eighteenth century this region was frequented by fur traders and trappers. The basins of Green, Bear, and Snake rivers abounded in valuable fur-bearing animals, and in the broad valleys the fur companies held their annual meetings for trade. Here also occurred many notable Indian conflicts. An interesting picture of the country and of the activities of the trappers, traders, and Indians is given by Irving in his account of the attempts of a party outfitted by John Jacob Astor to found a trading post at the mouth of Columbia River and also in his account of the adventures of Capt. Bonneville. The Astorians passed along Snake River on their way to the Columbia. Their party met with reverses at the hands of the Indians and endured many hardships.

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The Future of Alaska Mining - 1919


The Alaska mining industry, which has turned out products having a total value of $438,160,000, began in 1880 with the recovery of some $20,000 worth of gold from placers near Juneau. Of this total value 96 per cent is to be credited to the gold and copper deposits, but Alaska mines have also produced silver, platinum, palladium, tin, lead, antimony, tungsten, chromite, coal, petroleum, marble, gypsum, graphite, and barite, and development work has been done on deposits carrying nickel, iron, molybdenite, and sulphur.