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    Default Mineral City, ID

    I recently visited Mineral City, ID (might just be named Mineral, not sure...) and spent about a day exploring the remains of the town & the surrounding mines. I've tried to find some information on the area, but have found only a short paragraph on the history of the area. I was wondering if any of you know anything about this old town? I'm interested in setting up a web page with pics and info on this ghost town, since there seems to be nothing out there already. It would be a shame to let this place be wiped from history, I just want to gather some information for my own curiosity and anyone else interested in this area. Any info at all would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
    Tom

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    Here's an article from 1884 that might interest you.

    http://udn.lib.utah.edu/cdm4/documen...OW=6362&REC=18

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    Default Mineral City, Idaho

    you can find information on this town in two old books. Ghost Towns of Idaho by Donald C. Miller and Southern Idaho Ghost Towns by Wayne Sparling.

    my name is Bruce Raisch, I am currently writing a book on Idaho Ghost Towns and would be glad to know of any remains, road conditions and directions to Mineral City. I plan to visit the site this summer. please let me know when you can. If you need any more info, just email
    thanks
    Bruce

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    Default Mineral City

    Good find Shatana, thanks!

    Here's some more info on Mineral City i've dug up:

    http://www.patroloff.com/history.htm
    Chapters 7,8 & 9

    http://idahohistory.net/Reference%20Series/0261.pdf

    Bruce; i'll post photos, directions & a map of mines in the Mineral City area tonight

    Regards,
    Tom

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    Default Mineral City Photos

    I uploaded some photos of 2 different trips to Mineral City. Not sorted or labeled yet & I'm a total amateur photographer, but there's a few good ones in there.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/thomas.a.butler/MineralCity

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    thank you, I will review and get back to you soon!

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    Default Mineral, Idaho

    Hi. I am interested in anything you may find on Mineral, Idaho. My grandfather was born there in 1890. His father had a blacksmith shop and livery stable. He hauled ore from the mines to the smelter. He also raised cattle. My great grandmother ran the hotel and dining room. They left in 1896.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    Hi. I am interested in anything you may find on Mineral, Idaho. My grandfather was born there in 1890. His father had a blacksmith shop and livery stable. He hauled ore from the mines to the smelter. He also raised cattle. My great grandmother ran the hotel and dining room. They left in 1896.
    Hi Karen:

    I'm doing research on Mineral City, Idaho. I have a lot of names of people who mined and worked there. Could you give me the name of your grandfather's father. I'll see if I have it on my list and let you know anything I have on that person.

    Thanks, Ken

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    Default Blacksmiths in Mineral

    Hi Karen:

    I did some digging and found that in 1884 there were two blacksmiths in Mineral. One was W. J. Gilbert and the other was George Hull.

    Ken

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