| NAME: Beartown
CLIMATE: Cold winter with snow, cool summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer
Near Silverton, up over stony pass. Not
worth the trip at all unless you are going hiking or camping. There is really
nothing left and it is a long drive over stony pass and then through some
mud bogs. Then you must cross Pole Creek 2 times which is not possible in
the spring. High clearance 4wd recommended from the creek on.
REMAINS: Some mining remnants.
It was in 1893 that a rich strike brought nearly 400 prospectors to the area within a few weeks. Few miners even bothered to build cabins at first, preferring to bed down wherever they could. It was weeks later before some took time off to build cabins that was the start of Beartown. The early prosperity of the settlement caused merchants from nearby towns to open businesses giving Beartown an economy of its own. The Sylvanite mine was the biggest producer and netted up to $4,000 a ton and was worked until recent years. The mines are closed now and the town deserted but the mill and some cabins still remain (not found July 2000). Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.