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docsma
06-20-2006, 05:52 PM
Anyone have any current info on Flint on the old stage road between Silver City, Idaho and places south into Nevada. Last time I was near, which was in 05, I got stopped by a washed out stream and inadequate vehicle. But this year I see there's a sign a few miles south of town indicating that it's private property in addition to warnings etc. I turned around, but hated to. There's some great history there. Have heard some people are still working some mine there. There used to be a bunch of mining camps/towns nearby: Ballard, Oro, and Owyhee. Anybody know if it can be reached from above (War Eagle or Silver City)?

dvsww2
08-16-2006, 09:53 AM
Sorry to take so long, but you might check with the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office in Murphy on road conditions and closures as this last spring the had a number of slides and for awhile there was no road access at all into Silver City from either direction. They got some FEMA money to fix the main road and are working on it now. As far as Flint, it is on private property and I am uncertain about the road whether it is considered county or not. There is a second road that comes in from the South also that is a bit more maintained., but is the long way around. They have been trying to revive the old Flint mine for years, and given the current price of gold, someone might be running it.

docsma
08-30-2006, 09:08 AM
Thanks for the info. I appreciate private property rights but if there's legal right of way, I'd like to take a look-see at Flint. I'll check with Owyhee Co Sheriff's office.

dvsww2
08-30-2006, 10:31 AM
I attended a meeting last night on the Owyhee Canyon Lands Initiative which is the creation of a Wilderness are in Owyhee County. Lucky for us Ghostowners that the areas are well South of the Silver City Area and South Mountain. I had a visit with the area game warden and you aren't the only one having problems with locked gates, He said some are approved by the county and others are not at it causes problems for him on patrol. Guess you aren't the only ones. I voiced my concern over closure of 136 miles of RS2477 roads in the new proposed wilderness areas which are basically the Owyhee River Canyons areas. I have bad knees and back and I just can't hike anymore. An ATV or a 4wd is more to my liking. It will be interesting to see how this whole thing comes out. One thing is clear, that my defination of a road and theirs differ a bunch. The had a picture of road in their slide show that looked like the road was graveled at one time, and they labeled it "the road was choking out the grass", thus it wasn't a road.

tbutler
09-22-2006, 11:25 AM
Anyone know the current status of Flint? Road Conditions, Land Ownership, etc. I'm headed to Silver City this weekend and wanted to check out Flint, probably try to get to it from the north side via Silver City. Has anybody been there before, and if so is it worth checking out?

Thanks,
Tom

danbo
05-27-2007, 02:42 PM
Wow, what an adventure!
We explored Flint, Idaho this weekend. The town of Flint is
privately owned. The land, the mines, the whole kit and caboodle.
After finding and talking with the land owner, ( hats in hand ) we
were given permission to go up and check the place out. When we
arrived, we met with the other members of the land owners family.
We explained that we had permission to come up. They "vetted"
our story and after proving it to be true, allowed us to poke
around. Nice folks, all of 'em! They shared with us some of their
family history and their connection to the land. They take great
pride in preserving the history and buildings that remain on their
property. Do not try to "sneak" into this place. You will have a lot
of explaining to do. The rules of common courtesy apply!
Here are some pics we took.

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n52/Danbo_03/flint/Flintmillweb.jpg

The Mill site

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n52/Danbo_03/flint/Flintmineadit2web.jpg

The mine adit

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n52/Danbo_03/flint/Flinthouseweb.jpg

One of the current residences

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n52/Danbo_03/flint/Flintmilltopweb.jpg

Top view of the mill


To the owners of Flint, we thank you for your gracious hospitality!

tbutler
05-27-2007, 09:08 PM
Wow, very cool! Glad you were able to get in there, looks like it was a blast to explore! I've been wanting to check out Flint for a while, nice to know it's in good hands & looks like it's in great shape! I'll have to chat with ya before I go up to Silver City this year & find out who I need to talk to. Thanks for sharing the pics! Not to be greedy, but i'd be interested in seeing any others you have! :)

T

LauraA
05-28-2007, 04:28 AM
danbo, What a picturesque place. Flint looks like it's in great condition. Thanks for sharing!

Johnnie
05-28-2007, 10:50 AM
Wow, what an adventure!
We explored Flint, Idaho this weekend. The town of Flint is
privately owned. The land, the mines, the whole kit and caboodle.
After finding and talking with the land owner, ( hats in hand ) we
were given permission to go up and check the place out. When we
arrived, we met with the other members of the land owners family.
We explained that we had permission to come up. They "vetted"
our story and after proving it to be true, allowed us to poke
around. Nice folks, all of 'em! They shared with us some of their
family history and their connection to the land. They take great
pride in preserving the history and buildings that remain on their
property. Do not try to "sneak" into this place. You will have a lot
of explaining to do. The rules of common courtesy apply!
Here are some pics we took.

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n52/Danbo_03/flint/Flintmillweb.jpg

The Mill site

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n52/Danbo_03/flint/Flintmineadit2web.jpg

The mine adit

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n52/Danbo_03/flint/Flinthouseweb.jpg

One of the current residences

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n52/Danbo_03/flint/Flintmilltopweb.jpg

Top view of the mill


To the owners of Flint, we thank you for your gracious hospitality!


Great photos Danbo, not very many well preserveed mining camps still intact as this one. I guess it is because it is located on privete land.

Keep the great photos.coming
Johnnie Sheila

speedy
05-28-2007, 01:44 PM
Thanks for the pics. Bet you had a great time there....Speedy