"I'll admit. I had a few stares on the road to Taylor. Although the townsite sits beneath camera survellance, the cemetery remains open. I wonder just how many people working the Taylor mine are actually familiar with its history. I think it's time to flip a coin." -- Journal Entry, March 2008
Original Date Visited: 3/14/08
Signed: Dual signed with . Both lanes of US 6/50/93
Silver and gold were discovered in 1873 in what was to become Taylor, a typical mining community supported chiefly by the Argus and Monitor Mines. In 7 years, the town boasted a population of 1,500 people, 7 saloons, 3 general stores, an opera house, a Wells-Fargo office, and professional services. By 1886, Taylor was the center of county activity, a social highlight being the annual 4th of July celebration.
Mining continued intermittently until 1919. Then a 100 ton cyanide plant at the Argus Mine gave new impetus, but production declined when the price of silver plummeted. World War II renewed mining activity temporarily. More than $1 million in silver, gold, copper, and lead had been produced.
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