PIERMONT

NAME: Piermont
COUNTY: White Pine
ROADS: 4WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.

COMMENTS: Interesting Scenery.
REMAINS: Lots of mining ruins.

The first discoveries in the Piermont District were made in 1869 but production did not begin until the following year. In July a new silver pocket was discovered in the Piermont Mine. The mine was offered for sale and was purchased by the Piermont Mining and Milling Company for $60,000. Rushes to the district began in earnest during the summer and by the next year close to 400 people were crowded into the canyon. During the first four months of 1872, close to $20,000 was produced. Then by 1873 the boom went bust. Except for occasional leasing activity, the Piermont District was abandoned until the early 1900s. It wasn’t until 1920 that serious mining activity began. The Piermont Mines Company employed more than 100 men and electric locomotives hauled the ore from the mine to the mill. Total production for the district was more than $2.5 million. Piermont Canyon is rich with ruins of all sorts. Piermont is a delightful place to visit. A beautiful stream flows through the site and makes the area an excellent camping spot.
Submitted by: HBC

 


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