It was 1892 when the first gold strike was made and it was only shy of a year for this town to come to life. One rich strike after another supported the town and the 4000 people that called this place home. The town had three saloons, a boarding house, a general store (known as the mercantile back then) a blacksmith shop, brewery, meat market and a schoolhouse. Just when the townspeople thought the town was outgrowing the area they settled in, the gold vein dried up and the town died a slow painful death. Several attempts were made to reopen the famous mines to no avail.
Although the buildings have been updated by adding electricity and water, for all intents and purposes these are the original buildings.
Here's Dale taking it easy in a chair of made of tree branches.
We really enjoyed our day in this old ghost town, learning what it was like the people who lived all those years ago.
On the way home we stopped at Cracker Barrel for dinner and made plans for Sunday.