SHERMANTOWN

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

COMMENTS: Interesting Scenery.
REMAINS: Not much.

Shermantown, originally named Silver Springs, was established in 1868. Because of the camp’s favorable location, mills were planned to treat ore from the rich Treasure Hill mines. The town had a sawmill, a quartz mill, a smelting furnace, and an assay office. By the end of the year, two sawmills were producing lumber constantly to keep up with the camp’s wood demand. There was also a two-story, sixteen room hospital. Two law firms also opened and the demand for their services was great given the common occurrences of claim jumping in the White Pines District. 1869 was the big boom year for the camp for it became the milling center for the White Pines District. A telegraph line was completed to Shermantown and the Silver Springs Water Company channeled water to the camp via a 900-foot tunnel that provided fourteen inches of water. By summer, the population of Shermantown was estimated to be as many as 3,000 residents. Most buildings were built of pink sandstone, quarried locally. Shermantown’s glorious bubble burst in 1870. The town’s entire existence was inseparably tied to the mines of Treasure Hill. And when the mines faltered in late 1870, Shermantown was doomed. By 1875, only one family remained in the town. Most buildings were moved to Hamilton after the big fire there in 1873. Despite the tricky drive, Shermantown is worth the trip.

Submitted by: HBC

 


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