Exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

Category: Central Idaho (page 1 of 2)

Sawtooths, Central Idaho and the Frank Church Wilderness

“Trump” Mill

We got a tour of this mining camp in central Idaho from the caretaker who lives on-site. He was very generous with his time and was happy to show us around. I asked him why the name “Trump” was painted on the mill buildings and he said: “You never know. He might see it and like the place.” Fair enough.

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“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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