NEW PASS

NAME: New Pass
COUNTY: Lander
ROADS: 4WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.
COMMENTS: Interesting country.
REMAINS: A few buildings.

The name came from an old pioneer who thought he had discovered a pass through the mountains. But he was mistaken. A number of mines were established after gold ore was discovered in 1865. New Pass peaked in 1868 when a camp of 50 was formed. A few buildings were erected and a store and saloon opened for business. The mines declined during the 1860s and the town was abandoned in 1871. It stayed that way until 1889 when two mining companies worked the mines for one year and gave up in 1890. A revival of sorts began in 1990 and 50 residents returned to town with high hopes. But that was not to be and the town returned to ghost town status in early 1919. Today, only a couple of wooden buildings remain.
Submitted by: HBC

 


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