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Miners Delight: The Boom’s Broken Promises

The Boom’s Broken Promises

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
1. Miners Delight Marker
Caption: Miners Delight shaft hoist, 1974.
Inscription.  As the news of gold spread, the Sweetwater Mining District filled with miners who established Hamilton City about two miles east of here in 1867. The following year, the name of the town changed to Miners Delight, after a highly productive nearby mine. The Miners Delight mine produced the greatest wealth of any in the mining district while the town remained the smallest and most isolated. According to a 1916 government report, the Miners Delight mine and surrounding placers has produced over $2.5 million. The town’s population peaked around 100 in 1868. Its residents built log cabins, saloons, general stores, a hotel, and a stamp mill.

By 1870, the gold boom had ended. Over the next 70 years, the deserted town witnessed several mini-booms that brought a short-lived rush of people to Miners Delight. The last resident left in the 1970’s, at which time the Bureau of Land Management purchased the town’s buildings. Now, only ruins of the once booming town remain.
 
Erected by Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
2. Miners Delight Marker
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Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
 
Location. 42° 31.24′ N, 108° 43.201′ W. Marker is near Atlantic City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is at the intersection of Atlantic City Road and Fort Stambaugh Loop, on the left when traveling south on Atlantic City Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Stambaugh, 1870-1878 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust (approx. 1.8 miles away); Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (approx. 2 miles away); The Atlantic City Project (approx. 2 miles away); Rock Creek (approx. 2.1 miles away); Miner’s Delight (approx. 2.2 miles away); South Pass and South Pass City (approx. 5 miles away); The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
Also see . . .  Miners Delight - Tumbling in the Forest - Legends of America. Gold was first discovered here in Spring Gulch in 1867 and within no time, a mining camp sprang up that was named Hamilton City. However, because the largest and most productive mine, located on Peabody Hill, was called Miners Delight, most people called the town by the same name. (Submitted on January 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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