Near Leadore in Lemhi County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Discover in 1881, the Viola mine became an important source for lead and silver from 1886-1888. Ore also was hauled from Gilmore to the Viola smelter. British capital kept the Viola mine going until 1889, when the hoisting works burned. Low prices for lead and silver kept the smelter shut down after 1889, and charcoal production ceased here. You are invited to take a self-guided tour of the kilns, provided by the Targhee National Forest.
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 296.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 19.968′ N, 113° 4.926′ W. Marker is near Leadore, Idaho, in Lemhi County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 28 and Forest Road 188, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 28. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leadore ID 83464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cote's Defile (a few steps from this marker); Charcoal (approx. 5 miles away); Viola - The Mine The Back Door (approx. 5 miles away); Kilns (approx. 5 miles away); Brick (approx. 5 miles away); Wood (approx. 5 miles away); Preserve and Protect (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leadore.
Also see . . . Birch Creek Charcoal Kilns - Go Idaho. One of the earliest industrial centers in Idaho was near the aptly named city of Leadore. In 1881 a small town called Nicholia was founded near a deposit that had been discovered and a small community of miners, smelters, and kilns moved in. Over the course of the seven year mining operation $2.5 million of lead and silver were extracted from the mine. (Submitted on October 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.