CLIMATE: Cool winter/snow and summer.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Fall, Spring, Summer.
An adventurous drive.
REMAINS:Using Google Earth you can see the buildings of Wagon Town one ridge north and east of the Seafoam mine.
N 44.52935 and W -115.12954.
A sign erected by the USFS tells about Wagon Town search Google for Custer Motorway and the link
Points of Interest.
The way station at the foot of Vanity Summit was originated by Mose Starker, Mose built two log buildings. One served as a store and the other furnished lodging for the packers going in and out of the Seafoam mining district before 1895. In 1905 the Greyhound Mining Company constructed a rough road over Vanity Summit. Toll was charged to help defray the cost of the road. The Wagontown site was used as a change station for the freighters coming and going. The town boasted a bunkhouse, a boarding house, a saloon and stables for the freight teams. Most of the old mines in the Seafoam district have adequate gravel roads leading to them. Some of the mine properties are privately owned and are still working, but others make good sites to visit and photograph derelict building. Richard Halstead
If one has a four-wheel drive and yearns
for adventure coupled with a need for beautiful country, the
Seafoam Mine is the place to go. Far to the north of the Stanley
to Lowman highway is the remote Seafoam mining area. The road
in passes through the tiny settlement of Wagon Town, which served
as a way station for the freighters plying between the Greyhound
Mine and Challis. Discovered in 1886, the mines were predominately
lead and silver. The mill building at the Seafoam Mine still
stands, as do several other large buildings. The road in is barely
passable so a four-wheel drive is a must.
Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.