Bayhorse Ghost Town in Idaho
As I mentioned yesterday, our Friday drive took us to some beautiful, and also interesting places. After we left the dirt road, we got on Highway 75 and headed towards to Challis. We thought we better get gas in case we decided to do more driving around. On our way there, we drove past a sign that said, Bayhorse Ghost town 4 miles. We love ghost towns, and figured we had better stop. When we don’t have the RV with us, stopping at random places is much more doable. We Drove the 4 miles of dirt road, and discovered that the ghost town is now owned, and managed by Idaho state parks. I am always impressed with Idaho state parks, they are always well maintained, and generally free. Bayhorse was both of these.
Like most ghost towns in the west, Bayhorse was a mining town. In the late 1800’s the town had 300-500 people, and the mining was for silver, gold, and lead. Life would have been harsh here though. The winters can be cold, and snowy.
I learned that the Idaho state parks took over the area in 2006 so they could control the safety of the old buildings, and the mine shafts in the area. I can only imagine how many people got in trouble prior to that. There are several of the old buildings still standing, mostly, and of course mine shafts everywhere. Now there are small wood fences around the buildings to keep people from going in them. But that doesn’t detract from experiencing the town.
This stone building was built by Italian workers, and is still straight, and just as strong as the day it was built.
The front of one of the buildings.
This is by far the largest, and coolest of the buildings there. This is where they crushed the ore, and by gravity feed it went through all the washing and separating process.
There are pieces and parts of old trucks, and machinery.
The mountains in this area are slate. This roof for the outhouse was a good use of the slate I thought.
We left the main part of the town, and drove up a very narrow dirt road. Tons of fun in the big ass truck. A couple miles up, there is this old tram system. The man who is the caretaker of the park, told us this tram carried men and ore to the top of this 9000 foot mountain. The men actually lived there all year long, which would have been so harsh in the winter months. This is the lower tram pulley.
And way up on this steep slope, is the building were they lived and the other end of the tram. I shot this photo with my telephoto because the building is just tiny when you are looking up.
How on earth they built, maintained, and actually lived in this is beyond me. Al wondered how they ran the steel cable all the way up there. The miners in those days were are tenacious bunch, that’s for sure.
We were really glad we took the time to stop and visit Bayhorse ghost town.
While we there I took some photos of the old machinery, and this image was perfect for this weeks 2LilOwls prompt of Patterns.
The Dogwood 52 Prompt this week is a technical challenge, Light Painting. Since it is so dark here, I thought shooting the milky way, and light painting the RV would be cool.
I love being able to see the stars, and especially the milky way. This is a couple of other shots of the milky way.