KINGSTON

NAME: Kingston
COUNTY: Lander
ROADS: 4WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.
COMMENTS: Interesting country.
REMAINS: Foundations and mill dumps

Kingston offered a more level area for building mills and houses so a townsite was platted in 1864. Several new mines were discovered near the mouth of Kingston Canyon so the new location was even more favorable for a settlement. In 1865, a new mill was built and a post office opened. The following year another mill was built. Several other mills became active in 1866 along with many needed businesses to support a population of 125. Slowly, however, the mines faded and the mills began to run at less than capacity. The district became dormant by 1870 and activity did not return to Kingston until the 1880s. Some mines were reopened in 1882 bringing some interest back to Kingston. A school was built and remained open until 1923. Activity was short lived and all mining ceased the next year. The last revival began in 1906. Modest success was achieved but all activity ceased in 1911 and no mining activity has taken place since. There are extensive remains at Kingston with the mill ruins alone making the trip worthwhile.
Submitted by: HBC

 


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