| NAME: Tungsten
CLIMATE: Cold winter with snow, cool summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer
Near Boulder Canyon.
|During World War I, tungsten (the metal) was more valuable than gold and silver. After America became involved, the town became the busiest and richest city of its size in the state. Production reached nearly six million dollars in 1917 alone. The city had a peak population of 20,000 and thousands more slept and ate wherever they could in Tungsten. The metal was found to be tungsten around the 1900s, but hardly anyone needed it then. The area was mostly deserted until the start of the war and the tungsten boom. The price of tungsten got so high that users found it less expensive to import the metal. When this happened, the market fell almost overnight and Tungsten and so did the town. One can look down from Boulder Canyon and see the site that once was the town of Tungsten. Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.