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    Question Is this a Ghost Town In Arizona???

    Quote Originally Posted by Total Wreck
    This is a fun subject. My favorite is located in the Empire Mtns SE of Tucson, Total Wreck. Liked it so much I stole it for my handle. Best, TW
    Are we on the same trail, or we misunderstanding your post. You are saying that there is a ghost town, or moutain, or mine, by that name "Total Wreck" If there is "Who named it and why???

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    Purlioned from this site: Total Wreck's post office was established August 12, 1881 and discontinued November 1, 1890. Total Wreck was discovered by John L. Dillon in 1879 and named it such because he thought the ledge the mine was on looked like a total wreck. A 70 ton mill was erected in 1881 and the town grew to 200 residents. There were about fifty houses, three stores, three hotels, four saloons, a butcher shop, and a lumber yard. A man once got into a shooting at Total Wreck and survived because the bullet lodged in a stack of love letters he had in his jacket. He later married the girl who wrote the letters!

    Thought that was a pretty good write-up
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    Question Names of towns

    I was scrolling through this thread and saw some Colorado names people were wondering about so here are a few answers and some additional favorites of mine.

    Apex

    Named after the Latin word for Peak (Apex)

    Kokmo

    Claimed to be named after a town in Indiana. Also supposedly the name of a local Indian.

    Mail Pouch

    Wasn’t this a story about Clay Allison? Or are you referring to the tobacco?

    Ohio City

    Because most of the early residents were from Ohio it was changed from Eagle City to Ohio City.

    Pitkin

    Actually started out as Quartzsite and was changed to honor Governor Fredrick Pitkin.

    Spar City

    Originally named Fisher but later change to reflect the big mine in the area named Big Spar. Spar is a Cornish word for quartz and there is quartz all over this area. That is also a possibility





    Some of my favorites

    There is a story behind each of these.

    Mosquito Pass

    A smashed mosquito

    Magnolia

    A popular brand of whiskey.

    Hygiene

    After a sanitarium

    Slumgullion Pass

    The slide looks like the stew.

    Troublesome

    The problems crossing the nearby stream of the same name.

    TinCup

    He found gold in his tin cup

    Gunbarrel

    The road is as straight as a gun barrel

    Frying Pan River

    A frying pan stuck in a tree lead them to the bodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnie
    ... "SCHWAB." ... This short lived western mining camp, was named after Charlie Schwab a steel magnate, friancier and noted mining speculater of the times, ...
    An interesting anectdote might pop up if we really knew how and why the U.S.G.S. cartographers misspelled Schwab's name.



    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnie
    Soon we will post a interesting story of how "Delamar" came up with that name and interesting story of "Delamar, Nevada history.
    Don't forget Delamar, Idaho and Keane Wonder Mine in Death Valley with your discussion of Delarmar, Nevada. All are linked by the same person.
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    Cool "Total Wreck"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob
    Purlioned from this site: Total Wreck's post office was established August 12, 1881 and discontinued November 1, 1890. Total Wreck was discovered by John L. Dillon in 1879 and named it such because he thought the ledge the mine was on looked like a total wreck. A 70 ton mill was erected in 1881 and the town grew to 200 residents. There were about fifty houses, three stores, three hotels, four saloons, a butcher shop, and a lumber yard. A man once got into a shooting at Total Wreck and survived because the bullet lodged in a stack of love letters he had in his jacket. He later married the girl who wrote the letters!

    Thought that was a pretty good write-up
    We too agree with the sentance above. I guess i took the wrong trail through the years because i never heard of that mining town before. Thanks Bob for your research. You and Rocky, and David, allways have the answer for us and all our fellow ghosttowners burning questions that pop up all the time.

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    Default Delamar

    Oh, you mean the Captain Delamar who was the owner and backer of the mines...Was said to be a real sea captain.

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    Default The Good Captain

    The good Captain's name was "de Lamar" and pronounced "DEE-LA-MAR but the towns are pronouced Dell-la-mar. Always found that interesting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikejts
    I was scrolling through this thread and saw some Colorado names people were wondering about so here are a few answers and some additional favorites of mine.

    Apex

    Named after the Latin word for Peak (Apex)

    Kokmo

    Claimed to be named after a town in Indiana. Also supposedly the name of a local Indian.

    Mail Pouch

    Wasn’t this a story about Clay Allison? Or are you referring to the tobacco?

    Ohio City

    Because most of the early residents were from Ohio it was changed from Eagle City to Ohio City.

    Pitkin

    Actually started out as Quartzsite and was changed to honor Governor Fredrick Pitkin.

    Spar City

    Originally named Fisher but later change to reflect the big mine in the area named Big Spar. Spar is a Cornish word for quartz and there is quartz all over this area. That is also a possibility





    Some of my favorites

    There is a story behind each of these.

    Mosquito Pass

    A smashed mosquito

    Magnolia

    A popular brand of whiskey.

    Hygiene

    After a sanitarium

    Slumgullion Pass

    The slide looks like the stew.

    Troublesome

    The problems crossing the nearby stream of the same name.

    TinCup

    He found gold in his tin cup

    Gunbarrel

    The road is as straight as a gun barrel

    Frying Pan River

    A frying pan stuck in a tree lead them to the bodies.
    Great write up and thanks for all that research Rocky,

    Johnnie

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    Smile "Delamar Nevada"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob
    The good Captain's name was "de Lamar" and pronounced "DEE-LA-MAR but the towns are pronouced Dell-la-mar. Always found that interesting
    Bob, you always have something interesting to add. Thanks for that little tid-bit about Delamar. Sheila and I just haven't had time to write that story about some more Delamar, history, hidden away in the back pages of our Nevada, history books about Delamar, but will get to it soon.

    Johnnie & Sheila
    Last edited by Johnnie; 12-19-2005 at 07:44 AM.

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    How About Wonder Nevada.....we Went Out Looking For It Last Summer......took Us Most Of The After Noon To Find It......the Sign Is Missing.....so We Figured Out The Name...wonder Where And The **** It Went....

    Nothing There But The Mill Foundations.
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