Starbuck's Exploring

Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

Category: Central Idaho

“Silver Edsel” Mill

Mines in this part of Idaho were first worked in the 1880s and 1890s but development didn’t start in a serious way until the 1920s when the first mill was built on this site. The mill was expanded in 1934 into a 50-ton (per day) mill. The lead and silver ores were so rich, the 50-ton mill was scrapped and a new 100-ton mill was built the following year. Prospects continued to look bright and, in 1937, the mill was expanded again. In 1941, floatation tanks were added for zinc recovery.

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“Stanley” Mine

This silver mine, high in the mountains of Central Idaho, was a really fun one to explore. It’s a very wet mine but inside we found a few ore cars and a flooded staft station. 

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“Blackwater” Mine

In the late summer of 2018, we made a visit to a remote mine in Idaho. The ruined inclined tramway was my main interest but the mine is more extensive than it looks. 

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Ramshorn and Skylark Mines

I took a trip to a couple of mines high up in the Central Rocky mountains of Idaho.  I love finding old mines with tramways and these two were great.

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Yankee Fork Gold Dredge

There aren’t many gold dredges left surviving in the lower 48 states, and even fewer that are intact. This is one of the few. When I first heard about it, I had to go see it. I was not disappointed.

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