- Apr 22, 2009
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- Port Angeles, WA
I have totally been in old mining camps in the area. The majority of these bottles pictured are from White Knob, which was a camp and then a town just above Mackay, Idaho. The others in the shot are from Gem, a ghost town near Wallace, where there were mining camps, multiple little towns, and even a Calvary encampment during a miner's revolt.
I seem to recall reading about the cavalry encampment, but I can't recall for certain. Decades ago, I read a book about Sylvan Hart, more commonly know as Buckskin Bill, who homesteaded in the Salmon River country during the Great Depression and lived a 19th Century lifestyle there for the balance of his life, not counting time that he spent during WW2 working on the Norden bombsight.
The book was called "Last Of The Mountain Men." A significant portion of the book was Bill recounting stories of the local history. Of course, mining featured heavily in that history. Not only did Buckskin Bill relate anecdotes of the old mining camps, but he salvaged materials from them that he used in his crafts--Bill was a trained Mechanical Engineer and quite the craftsman. I always wanted to visit some of the sites mentioned in the book, Dixie being one whose name I recall. I think the miners' revolt might have been covered in that book. If not, I almost certainly read an account in one of the many ghost town guides that I devoured during the 1970's.