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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News March 25, 1905

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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News

Roosevelt, Idaho March 25, 1905 Volume 1 Number 15

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The Famous Thunder Mountain Gold Fields.
Its Past, Present And Great Future
By Ernest Clark

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Its Early History.

The Thunder Mountain gold fields with its vast resources of mineral wealth, prior to the real stampede of the years 1901 and ‘2 was a vast expance [sic] of mountainous country inhabited only a few months in the year by a few hardy trappers and gold seekers, who, in quest of what they sought, were led into these places which the onward march of civilization had not reached. It was here in the early days that Uncle Sam sent his troops to combat with the so-called Sheep-eater Indians, a hostile band composed chiefly of renegades from other tribes, who after committing their depredations of murdering and plundering among the white settlers of the far distant valleys, would retreat to this wild and rocky region to divide the spoils and formulate plans to carry out more of their fiendish work. Uncle Sam being successful in the dispersing of the band withdrew his troops, leaving the country in its former state of tranquility, and to the large bands of deer and other wild game which abounded in plenty.

THE DISCOVERY OF GOLD.

In recent years at frequent intervals, parties of adventures would come into this, then unexplored region to hunt and prospect for gold but it remained for the Caswell brothers in the year 1893 to be the successful ones in the finding of the precious metal; prospecting with pan and rocker on what is now known as Monumental Creek, and being rewarded by the finding of the yellow grains of gold, they followed up stream, until the mouth of Mule Creek, as it is now called, was Leached. This stream being one of the many tributaries of the above named creek. Here bigger results were obtained; pay dirt being found in large deposits, the working of which resulted in a big clean up, and also the building of a permanent camp and the bringing in of supplies, to enable the discoverers to thoroughly prospect the creek.

The shortness of the season, and the difficulties which were to be encountered and overcome in the bringing of the necessary supplies to the camp, to carry out the work, were such as to dampen the arder [sic] of the most enthusiastic prospector, with a limited water supply; and the slow tedious work of whip-sawing lumber for their sluce [sic] boxes, and often times the shortness of provisions, and other set-backs, too numerous to mention here, had to be endured.

THE SOURCE OF SUPPLY.

These men coming as they did from old pioneer stock and possessing their accustomed tenacity of purpose overcame these obstacles, and each successive season would find them busily engaged in the work of slucing [sic] their ground, and extracting therefrom gold dust in sufficient quantities to amply reward them for their trials and privations which they went through.

It was not however until the year 1901 that they discovered what proved to be a great bonanza, the finding of which not only brought to them an independent fortune, but caused a stampede into the country, the magnitude of which has been characterized as a close rival to the great rush of gold seekers into the Klondyke [sic] region of Alaska.

The working out of the different paystreaks as they were found and the prospecting for more led the Caswells to the headwaters of the stream, and also to the great reef of gold bearing, conglomerate, that stands majestically at its head.

Here indeed was the source of supply; from whence came the gold was no longer to them a mystery. Old father time, with the aid of the elements had done its work, and done it well.

THE BONDING OF THE PROPERTY BY COL. DEWEY.

The decomposing and the consequent sluffing of the rock containing the precious metal and the carrying and depositing of the same down stream by the rushing waters of the melting snows thereby causing what is known and eagerly looked for by prospectors, viz: rich placer diggings; it was also the means by which the Caswells found the source of supply.

The subsequent finding of several pockets of gold containing many thousands of dollars, led the discovers to visit the outside world, where they could have and enjoy the luxuries of life which their hard earned wealth would bring them.

About this time the news of the rich strike reached the ears of Col. Dewey, of Silver City fame, also renowned for his successful achievements in the mining world. The coming together of the Caswells and this master miner resulted in the bonding of their property to him for the sum of $100,000 and the sending into the district of Thos. Reed, the well known mining expert, a graduate from the hard school of experience. The submitting of his report verifying the glowing accounts, and the bringing out of rock glistening with the yellow metal, resulted in the closing of the deal, and the opening up of a dividend paying property known as the Dewey mine. In the fall of 1901 this property was equipped with a modern ten stamp mill with its necessary requirements, and was both night and clay pounding out the precious metal.

The bringing in and installing of the mill at that time can be recorded as a brilliant achievement; everything had to be packed on horses and mules being used for this purpose; trails had to be blazed and built; raging streams to be bridged, and other difficulties too numerous to be mentioned here, had to be overcome.
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caption: The 20th Century Mining & Power Co.’s Stamp Mill loaded and ready to leave Boise for Roosevelt
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THE INSTALLATION OF MILL – REPORTS OF OTHER RICH STRIKES.

This mill has been in constant operation since that time and stands as a living monument to those brave men who risked both life and limb to make this possible.

The taking hold of the property by Col. Dewey and the large sum of money that changed hands in the transaction spread like wild fire, and acted as an incentive to those already in the district to go out and prospect on their own account; quickly came the reports of other big strikes and in an incredable [sic] short space of time, the ground adjacent to the great Dewey mine, for several miles in all directions was staked and claimed by those, who fortunately were in the district at that time.

THE STAMPEDE – SCARCITY OF PROVISIONS.

The making of many rich discoveries, and the purchase of the Sunnyside and Fairview properties by Pittsburg capitalists for large sums of money, and the quick sales of other locations had its effect in the creating of a stampede of large proportions. The boom was on. The winter months found the camp suffering from a scarcity of the necessities of life; there were no provisions to be had it seemed at any price; those fortunate enough to be the possessors of a sack of flour, a slab of bacon and a few other staple articles were made tempting offers to part with what they had; it is on record that $60 was paid for a 50 pound sack of flour, and the purchaser considered he was lucky in getting it at that price.

The approach of spring 1902 saw the commencement of the great rush of gold seekers from the outside world, into the new found El Dorado, the breaking up of the snow trails made travelling slow and difficult. Those who had the misfortune of having pack animals found that no progress could be mad at all; these and other hardships had its discouraging effect on the tenderfoot who, having left the comforts of the outside world was beginning to realize that he was up against it. Time seasoned prospector, who had been there before, found no difficulty in making tracks for Thunder Mountain.

THE BOOMING OF THE TOWNSITE – THE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST.

The price of foodstuffs at this time were still held at Klondyke [sic] prices and the coming of the summer months saw the creating and booming of the Roosevelt, Marble, and Thunder Mountain City townsites, log houses sprang up as if by magic, streets were surveyed, lots staked off, and scenes of great activity were witnessed; it remained, however, for the survival of the fittest to be the metropolis of the district. The town of Roosevelt, named in honor of our illustrious president, having secured both the postoffice and recorders office, and having many other natural advantages over its rivals, soon took the lead, and with the co-opperation [sic] of its enterprising inhabitants soon took on airs of a bustling mining town.

The arriving almost hourly of numerous pack animals, loaded down with the necessities of life and other commodites [sic] also had its effect in the creating of scenes of great activity in the camp.

THE COW PACK TRAIN.

It was at this time that the unique spectacle was witnessed of the arrival in town of a cow pack train, the particulars of which are worthy of mention here. A. D. Clark, an enterprising rancher of Boise valley, having heard that the good people of Roosevelt were in need of fresh milk, and were willing to pay a good price for it, hit upon a novel scheme whereby he could not only satisfy their demands, but bring in at the same time those staple articles which there was a good market for at that time; this up to date farmer, believed in the old adage of the killing of two birds with one stone, and with this in mind, he had pack saddles made to fit his cows and thereby proceeded to pack them; it is needless to state that on several occasions he found his goods going in all directions, but as persistancy [sic] generally has its results one way or the other, these animals realizing that it was a case of being packed became reconciled to their fate and carried their burdens of 150 to 200 pounds into the goldfields with apparent ease. The old time prospector on seeing this pack train of ten cows was forced to admit that it was a new one on him. Mr Clark found a ready market for his milk, which he disposed of for $1.00 per gallon and the demand was greater than the supply at that.

THE CONFIDENCE IN THE CAMP.

The reports of rich strikes coming in from day to day and the forming of numerous companies to take hold of these new finds, coupled with the news of the commencement of the building of a wagon road into the district by Boise business men and the arriving and unloading at Emmett of the 40 stamp mill and bucket tramway for the Sunnyside Mining Co. had its incentive in the creating of confidence among the many in the great future of the camp.

The great excitement at this time had somewhat subsided, the open trails made travelling less hazardous, and was also the means of freeing the camp of a class of individuals, who having failed in their quest for what they sought took it upon themselves to try and discourage others, and often times were successful in so doing.

The approach of winter found the camp in a prosperous condition, with the development of the many properties the owners of which were enabled to have as greater insight into the general conditions as they really were, and at that time, little understood. The results of the winters work were such as to give great encouragement to those who were engaged in the opening up, and the proving of this new country.

THE FINDING OF RICH ORE BODIES IN THE SUNNYSIDE.

The coming of the spring, 1903, was hailed with joy by the many who had put in the long winter months in the district, and with the disappearance of the snow, pack trains began to arrive loaded with provisions, which, by this time, had become a very scarce article in the camp. It was at this time that the welcome news was received, of the work under way on the new State wagon road, and its possible completion into the district before the winter months set in; this, however, was not to be, owing to the difficulties which were to be met with in the construction, and the selection of the most feaseable [sic] route into the district. This road was built to Johnson creek; where work was suspended until the following year.

The comprehensive development work which bad been carried on in the district, was by this time showing big results. The opening up of mammoth ore bodies in the great Sunnyside mine, and also rich finds on other properties, not only demonstrated, but proved the positive statements made by conservative mining men that Thunder Mountain was destined to become one of the great mining camps of the West, and her future one of great promise.

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The President and the Monroe Doctrine.

The Capital News in commenting upon the attitude of the president concerning the Santa Domingo affair says:

“Upon the whole the action of the president is not so much for the protection and safety of the Dominicans as for the maintenance of the supremacy of the United States, upon the western continent, and yet there is a growing body of Americans who would not care if the more progressive of the European nations were to secure a foothold in South America and the nearby islands.”

We agree with the News that the president does have the “protection and safety of the Dominicans” less at heart than he does the “supremacy of the United States upon the western continent” but we believe there is no “growing body of Americans” who would not regard with the deepest displeasure and alarm any attempt on the part of any European nation to acquire any territory on the western continent.

Such an act would be fraught With continual and perpetual … (page torn) … [United] States. The world has not yet arrived at that stage where war may be avoided by moral suasion – until the majority of the individuals which go to make up the human race become honest and frank and observant of all their neighbor’s rights, no safeguard for national protection and security may wisely be omitted. Until that time arrives, even a coaling station or harbor of refuge for a foreign fleet, is a menace to the safety of the United States.
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The North & South Railway.

Three great railway lines cross the State of Idaho from east to west: the Great Northern, on the extreme north; the Northern Pacific, a few miles south; and the Oregon Short Line; in the extreme southern part of the State at its greatest breadth. But no railway traverses the State in a general northerly and southerly direction. Already this subject has received considerable attention from those having the interests of the whole state at heart and feeling loyalty to the commonwealth of Idaho.

Of course it is a matter for capitalists to decide. A vast amount of money would be required to connect Lewiston by a direct line with southern points of the State but we believe that in the near future the vast and diversified resources of Idaho will warrant the construction of such a line. The geographical outline of the State is such that those dwelling in the far northern part are in close proximity to two other states and have little in common with the southern part. It is most desirous that the “North and South Railway” should soon be built thus drawing into closer relationship the extreme points of our great Idaho.
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The National Debt.

On the 31st day of August, 1865, the national debt of the United States government reached its highest point, being $2,756,431,571. In less than forty years the debt has been reduced nearly fifteen hundred million dollars; on March 1st, 1905, it was $1,280,255,997. This enormous debt was caused largely by the great civil war, but if no large national calamity occurs within the next fifty years, the government will have accomplished the gigantic task of liquidating a debt of nearly three billion dollars.
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We publish this week an article by Ernest Clark giving briefly the history of Thunder Mountain and its environment. We believe this is the best pen sketch ever given of the growth and development of this great mining camp.
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The Secret of Happiness.

The man who can drill his thoughts, so as to shut out every thing that is depressing and discouraging and see only the bright side even of his misfortunes and failures, has mastered the secret of happiness and success. He has made himself a magnet to draw friends, cheer, brightness and good fortune to him. Every one is pleased to see him. His presence is like a sunbeam on a dull day.

There is no accomplishment, no touch of culture, no gift which will add so much to the alchemic power of life as the optimistic … (page torn) … [be] cheerful and happy no matter what comes to us. It will smooth rough paths, light up gloomy places, and melt away obstacles as the sunshine melts snow on the mountain side
– O. S. Marden in Success Magazine.
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Appearances Are Deceitful.

There was a young lady of Skye,
With a shape like a capital I;
She said, “It’s too bad!
But then I can pad,” —
Which shows you that figures can lie.
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Topics of the Day.

Single eyeglasses are prohibited in the German army.

An eel has two separate hearts. One beats over 60, the other 160 times a minute.

Chas. Moncky, the inventor of the “monkey wrench,” so miscalled still lives in Williamsburg, N. J.

Persons are killed at the rate of one for every day in the year in the new York City streets by vehicles.

The deepest well ever drilled in America is said to be 6000 feet. It is located at West Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.

A song called the “Hymn to Apollo,” written 280 years B. C., has just been sung for the first time in England.

It is said that Henry Clay, the “great compromiser,” once lost an estate valued at $25,000 on a single hand of poker.

The country which sells most to Japan is British India, Great Britain coming next, with China third, the United States fourth and Germany fifth.

The fact that a single telephone company has within ten months made 6000 contracts for telephones in New England is an indication of the enterprise of eastern agriculturists.

James G. Blaine and Roscoe Conklin had each for the other a relentless, undiring [sic] hatred. Robert G. Ingersoll nominated Blaine for the presidency and delivered the funeral eulogy of Conklin.

The two deepest vertical shafts in America are the Tamarack No. 5 shaft of the Tamarack Co. (4938 feet) and the Red Jacket of the Calumet & Hecla Co (4920 feet), in the Lake Superior copper region.

A girl baby weighing fourteen and one-half ounces was recently born at Jersey City. It is considered the smallest child ever born. She measures less than ten inches. She is beautiful in form and perfectly healthy.

There is such a thing as being too cautious, hence we cannot blame the New York man who is suing for divorce because his wife insisted on wearing her shoes to bed so that she might be prepared for instant flight in case of fire.

The Woman’s Army and Navy league members have made a plea for the restoration of the canteen. That is very impudent of them. Being wives and daughters of military men, they cannot possibly know the needs of the army so well as the W. C. T. U.
– Salt Lake Tribune.

President Luther, of Trinity college, at Hartford, Conn., preached one Sunday, on the story of Esther. He concluded with the words: “So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai, and everyone was pleased.” Then, as the irony appealed to him, he added in a lower tone, “except Haman.”
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Mining As a Civilizer.

At the thirty second annual dinner of the old students of the Royal School of Mines, held recently at the Hotel Cecil, London, says the Daily Mining Record, T. A. Rickard, editor of the Engineering and Mining Journal was master of ceremonies. Mr. Rickard, in proposing a toast to the Royal School of Mines, gave utterance to very eloquent words concerning the civilizing effects of the mining industry. From the Record’s report of this speech we quote the closing words:

“You know what blazing the trail means? How prospectors, in marking their way through the forest, chop a bit of bark off the trees at intervals of ten or fifteen yards, so that, when the winter snow covers the track, these light patches on the dark tree trunks may guide the wayfarer. Mining, gentlemen, has blazed the trail of empire. In Australia, and Africa, it is true, the first explorers were not miners; they were geographers, hunters and missionaries. They came and they went, their heroism has thrilled three generations and has given us a heritage of noble deeds; but there was no practical result until the miner came. The English sailor made outposts of empire at many a distant haven, and the roving Britisher criss crossed the map of regions heretofore unknown; but the actual development of these vast areas was started, not by the sword, not by the pen, but by the pick. Trade followed the flag, but the flag followed the miner.”
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Editorial.

To the Memory of the Pioneers of American Mining.

I have a toast; lift high the glass
To those old heroes who
First crossed the plains and found the pass,
To make a way for you.

To those who traced the river gold
The Spaniards sought in vain;
The first to see the range unfold
Beyond the sagebrush plain.

Those Argonauts of yesterday,
Whose Colchis dream came true;
Those voyageurs who cleared the way
More wisely than they knew.

The track they broke for other men
Is crossed by rail and plow:
And where they built their camp-fires then,
The cities bivouac now.

Their footsteps linked the sounding shore
From Sandy Hook to Golden Gate;
Their deeds breathe youth for evermore,
A bugle call to challenge fate

The great cathedral guards their sleep,
The unfettered sky is over them,
The proud Sierras vigil keep,
And wind and wave their requiem

A toast to the adventurous!
Explorers, miners, engineers!
Who blazed the trail ahead for us,
The pioneers! the pioneers!

– T. A. Rickard.
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A Suggestion.

Did it ever occur to you that the hot air artist is on top? He will do more toward promoting a property in one hour than still water will in a month. Don’t class this hot air artist with the wind-jammer; that would never do. The wind-jammer means well and was kind to his aged parents no doubt, but he can not promote property. He generally starts out above safe working pressure. Throws the throttle wide open. exhausts his dome of wisdom and runs the gage to zero at the same time. When such a draft strikes a prospective buyer it reminds him of an engagement he has with a man up the street and makes haste to keep it. If wind-jammer has any energy left he turns it on some good natured bartender for about three fingers of regards. The artist opens up like a pin-hole in a bicycle tire; the volume increases or diminishes to suit the occasion and the result is that the prospective decides to send his experts to look the property over and in the majority of cases proves profitable to artist and prospective alike. The next time we see he artist he will in all probability be loading a pack-train with supplies for a dozen men and writes superintendent after his name.

There are numerous claims we hear little or nothing about; they have good showings and will some day make mines but are in the background for the lack of hot air. “Still water runs deep” but the rapids fascinate us. Let still water turn his claims over to the rapids or the artist, he will see that they make their debut, so to speak, and once before the public eye they will talk for themselves.

– J. R. L.
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Charles W. Neff and James Tucker have both been quite sick with grippe, but each is convalesing [sic]. Mr. Neff was about town again the first of the week and Mr. Tucker is again attending to his business.
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Mining News

Dorsey, Milmore and Rowe were awarded the contract of 200 feet on the Blue Point Tunnel for the 20th Century Mining & Power Company.

The H. Y. -Climax Co. commenced Tuesday to drive a tunnel on the Polo Duro claim above the Lightning Peak Trail. Superintendent Whitlock says the operations on the mine will soon proceed in earnest. Just what the development work will be has not yet been decided.

At the Sunnyside. Supt. Abbott finds considerable work attached to getting the tramway re adjusted and put into conditions for carrying the ore to the mill. This will cause no particular delay however. Mr. Abbott like every one else in town is much pleased to learn that the crusher is so near the camp. It will arrive in a few days.

Robert Skinner, H. A. Hummell and Geo Swayne are feeling much elated over the outlook on their property which lies at the head of Three Mile creek on the Cottonwood side. After running through a conglomerate 27 feet they struck a body of ore which pans freely. The say it resembles ore found at both the Standard and Dewey mines.
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Wilson Creek.

A. T. Fuller arrived from Wilson Creek Thursday and will return in a few days.

Mr. Fuller says of the country: that the ledges as a rule, are narrow; that three great dykes traverse the country from north to south and are traceable for several miles. The upper one on the hillside is composed of trachite – about 75 feet wide; the next below is of schist, about 100 feet in width, and the lower one of granite is fully 120 feet wide. He says that between each of these dykes is a body of oxidized quartz averaging 18 inches in width at the surface and running diagonally across these great dykes are what seem. to be “stringers” of 20 or 24 inches in bredth [sic].

Mr. Fuller believes that these stringers will become “confined” – that is, will disappear from this diagonal direction at a depth of 150 feet and merge into the lateral veins.

There is no doubt about the richness of these veins – the free gold is plainly visible to the naked eye. And if development work proves the lodes to be of any considerable extent the country will surely he a good one.
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State News.

A. E. Carlson, of Wallace, has purchased the business of the Coffin Clinton Hardware Co. at Boise. It is a big deal involving $100,000.

On March 8th Senator Heyburn introduced to President Roosevelt the five boys from the Idaho high schools who took part in the inaugural parade. The president congratulated the boys on their appearance in the parade and spoke of his keen interest in their state.
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Patrick O’Donnell is on the sick list.
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SALE OF THE H. Y.

The sale of the H. Y. group to New York capitalists for a large sum, and the bonding and selling of other properties added to the enthusiasm which was being displayed by those who believed in the future of the great gold camp.

THE BLOCKING OUT OF LARGE ORE RESERVES IN THE DEWEY AND SUNNYSIDE MINES.

The town of Roosevelt was on the boom ; buildings were going up from day to day, its business as well as its population greatly increasing, and many other improvements were under way. Its business men were anxiously waiting for the great event, of the coming of the wagon road, as their present means of transportation, although slow and sure, was inadequate to meet the demand and supply.

The Dewey mine and mill at this time was in operation both night and day; a full working force of men being constantly employed, large ore bodies were being blocked out and reserved for the 100 stamp mill which had been unloaded and stored away at Emmett. Tons and tons of other machinery was also patiently waiting for the great evens of the completion of the State wagon road into the great gold camp.

The Sunnyside company also had a large working force busily engaged both night and day in the blocking out of the great ore bodies, which was to supply the 40 stamp mill that was to be brought in and installed the following summer.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE 20TH CENTURY HOLDINGS.

The enterprising 20th Century Mining Co. had a large force of men, at this time, busily engaged in the construction of their saw-mill, ditch, and buildings on their townsite two miles south of Roosevelt. This company was also engaged in the driving of several long tunnels that were to tap the ore bodies at a great depth, which were known to exist on the property.

The past winter’s experience in the shortness of provisions, being a guide to the one fast approaching, the citizens of Roosevelt made great efforts to have a large supply on hand which resulted in the camp being well equipped with the necessities of life, and comforts that were not to be had the previous winter.

The coming of the year 1904 can be characterized as being the banner year in the history of the Thunder Mountain mining district and with the early approach of spring travellers began to arrive at the metropolis, bringing with them glowing reports of the high esteem the great gold camp was held at, by people of all classes in the outside world.

CLEAN UP – OF $20,000 AT THE DEWEY.

The Dewey mine and mill after a successful winters run was forced to close down on account of the using up of the available wood supply. The management up to this period had been very reticent concerning the inside workings, and the production of bullion of this famous property, the giving out of the news by E. H. Dewey of the March clean-up of the large sum of $20,000 was therefore, not only good news to the camp, but received with general satisfaction elsewhere.

THE COMPLETION OF THE WAGON ROAD – 250 MEN ON THE SUNNYSIDE PAYROLL.

The early summer months saw the completion of the State wagon road into the camp, and the realization of the long felt want.

Roosevelt was no longer isolated from the outside world, and her citizens had good cause to rejoice. A wagon road was also constructed from town to the Dewey, H. Y., and Sunnyside properties, and an up-to-date telephone and electric light system installed. In the meantime wagons loaded down with the heavy machinery and supplies of all descriptions were arriving daily for the Sunnyside Mining Co. who were making strenuous efforts to have the building of their mill and cable tramway completed and in operation before the winter set in. At Belleco, great activity was to be seen on every hand, a saw-mill being busily engaged in the sawing of the lumber for the 40 stamp mill and various other buildings which were then under way; large forces of men were engaged in the constructor of the cable tramway and other important work. This company during the summer months had as many as 250 men on the their payroll at good wages, and was a great factor in the creating of the boom, which was experienced at this time.

The H. Y. Mining Co. also had extensive improvements under way, the most important being the construction of a shaft house and the installation of the hoist and the commencement of the sinking of the shaft which would tap their ore bodies at a great depth.

The 20th Century Mining & Power Co. were also extensive employers of labor at this time, many improvements were being made on their townsite two miles south of Roosevelt, their saw mill was kept in constant operation to supply the demands which were made upon it by the many buildings that were in the course of construction; miners were busily engaged, both night and day, in the driving of the several tunnels that were to open up the ore bodies that were on the property.

Other extensive improvements too numerous to mention here under way in the district, and the coming in daily of encouraging reports from those engaged in the development work on their properties, was an incentive to the doing of greater things in the future.

THE PROVING OF THE EXISTANCE [sic] OF THE GREAT GOLD BLANKET DEPOSIT.

The ground adjacent to the great Sunnyside mine had been acquired by this enterprising company, and a boring machine in operation demonstrated the fact that the great gold bearing blanket deposit covered an extensive area, and was from eight to forty feet in thickness The successful results obtained by this steam drill in its quest for the precious metal, resulted in a stampede of no small proportions to secure locations, and the making of over 200 of them in a short space of time would be interesting reading would space allow. The coming of the winter months saw the completion of the stamp mill and cable tramway but its successful operation, however, was deferred on account of defects found in the clutches on the ore buckets this, however, at the present time of writing has been remedied and with the installation of the new rock rusher that is on its way into the district for this property, the near future will witness the starting up of the mill, and the pounding out of the gold both night and day, from the mammoth ore bodies that have been blocked out for this purpose.

SUCCESSFUL RUNNING OF THE DEWEY.

The coming in of the present year found the gold camp in a state of great prosperity. The Dewey mine and mill since starting in the month of July has been in constant operation both night and day since that time, forty men being on the payroll; the monthly output of bullion has been made public through the medium of this paper from time to time and speaks well for the able and popular management of E. Haug, who, being handicapped by wearing machinery and many other disadvantages, has made this possible.

The great find of a large body of free-milling ore on what is known as the Standard property, and the important development work under way by D. S. Cotter and others located on the great blanket deposit with successful results, not only goes to show the proving of the camp, but also the positive statements made by conservative mining experts, who did not err in their judgment when they pronounced the Thunder Mountain mining district to be one of great promise, and the making of a great mining camp.

THE GREAT FUTURE OF THE CAMP.

The coming summer will witness the bringing in and installation of several stamp mills, and a persistant [sic] rumor going the rounds has it, that the 100 stamp mill for the great Dewey mine is to be brought in and installed.

The town of Roosevelt is in a state of great progressiveness; numerous buildings are in the course of construction; its merchants have a large stock of provisions, and dry goods of all kinds on hand, that would do credit to a town many times its size.

The Bell Telephone Co. with the disappearance of the snow will hasten the work of construction of the system into the camp, the completion of which, will be the connecting link of the district and the outside world.

The first term of school to be held in Roosevelt will shortly commence. A Sunshine club organized by the enterprising ladies of the town has been very successful in its results, and the near future will witness the realization of the hopes of a great many, viz: a free library in operation, and many other undertakings for the good and well-fare of its citizens.

In closing the writing of the history of the camp I will say that those, who like myself, having been in the district from its birth, and been close observers of its progress from year to year will bear with me when I make the statement, that the Thunder Mountain mining district not only has a a future of great promise, but is distined [sic] to take its place in the front ranks of the gold-producing camps of the world.
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The Capital News of March 7th copies the article on “Little Indian Creek District” written by Ernest Clark for THE THUNDER MOUNTAIN NEWS of Feb. 11th.
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