Day 128

Some old mining buildings

August 1st, 2010


  1. Chris says:

    A first comment again!

  2. Candice In Alabama says:

    Is it completely a ghost town?

    • Janine says:

      Candice, I’ve spent the better part of the last 2 hours trying to find a population count for you. (OCD? Not me!) I finally found it in this article:

      In case you don’t want to read the article, there are about 300 residents in all of Burke Canyon.

      • Candice In Alabama says:

        Thanks Janine, So we know some “live” folks still make their homes in the area. I’m going to send that link home – so I can do more than just SCAN it.

      • Candice In Alabama says:

        Janine – I read the whole article. I’m assuming Ms. Armbruster is no longer living – she was 84 and the article is dated 2002. Very interesting, Burke, ID. I’m not sure I’d want to live there, what with the water issues, lack of daylight and danger of avalanches.

        • Janine says:

          Yeah, me either. Although neighboring Wallace seems to be faring pretty well, with all of its 920 residents.

      • Melody in Oklahoma says:

        I would have loved to have met her and listened to her stories of her childhood and the town’s history. I would like to see this place some day

      • Lori from Calif. says:

        Thank you Janine for the work you did in finding this informative article – as a Wikipedia editor, I added this to the entry on Burke.

  3. deanna valenti meyer says:

    Look at that long “hallway”. I wonder if that’s an entry to one of the mines, or if it takes you up to the buildings. So fascinating.

  4. Candice In Alabama says:

    Is that some kind of rail leading off the the left?

  5. CJ in MN says:

    I would love to explore the buildings in that town. Great pictures

  6. Dennis in MI says:

    It looks a little like some place you may find a brewery for Elsinore Beer…

  7. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    These pictures are creeping me out!

  8. Janine says:

    Burke seems like one of those towns that should never have been. Check this page out. The pics are kinda small but still neat:

  9. Barb V from Michigan says:

    I love this picture!

  10. Big Scott in Wallace,Idaho says:

    Thats the Star Mine on Burke Rd. Apart of HECLA Mining CO.

    • Janine says:

      So strange, it doesn’t even look like a mine. It looks like a wierd covered hallway leading to the lower building.

  11. I think that is an ‘adit’. I have only come across those in crossword puzzles and I always wondered why a mine shaft opening had its own word. Glad to see a picture of one.

  12. Cara says:

    Often mines function on ‘gravity’…the processing would have started at the top and fed down to the rail cars waiting below…more than likely these are processing plants not the actual mines themselves. I operate a coffee shop in a ghost town in BC, Britannia Beach…was one of the largest copper mines in the British Territories. . It’s also part of ‘hollywood north’…pretty much anything on the sci-fi channel or nw film scape is filmed here….The A-Team, Twilight series, Charlie St Cloud, Insomnia, etc….

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