Ward Mining District
"... And it isn't hard to imagine some hard working folk in these hills. A town over here, and a mini-city over there. All that sits in between are snakes ... and I'm not talking about the rattling king." -- Journal Entry, March 2008
Original Date Visited: 3/14/08
Signed: Dual signed with . Both lanes of US 6/50/93
The ghost town of Ward, in the foothills of the Egan Range, lies some eight miles west of here. Booming from 1876 until 1882, with a peak population of 1,500, Ward was somewhat of a lawless mining camp. Early killings did occur, but justice was meted out by the vigilante committee and the hanging rope.
A million dollars worth of silver was taken from a single chamber of the Ward Mine, yet the abandoned house was used for the first school and no movement was ever started to build a church.
The town was abandoned by the late 1880s, but new discoveries and better mining methods prompted a resurgence of activity in 1906 and again in the 1960s.
41 grave plots are all that are left to mark this important 19th-century mining camp.
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