GUADALAJARA

NAME: Guadalajara
COUNTY: Lander
ROADS: 4WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.
COMMENTS: Interesting country.
REMAINS: Private Property.  

Silver deposits were discovered in March of 1863. By summer, 3,000 mining claims had been staked in the Santa Fe district. A city site was platted and the rush was on. While close to twenty mining companies were active in the area, only a few turned a profit. By summer of 1864, Guadalajara had reached its peak. About 150 people lived in the town and the usual assortment of businesses were there. However, it was not long before the ore ran out and most of the mines closed. By 1870, only 50 residents were left and two years later only two mines were being worked. By 1890, Guadalajara had joined the ghosts. Today, the site is one of the most intriguing in Lander County. This is a fascinating ghost town, but since it is on private property, permission is required before venturing in.
Submitted by: HBC

 


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