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Near Mullan in Shoshone County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Murray Gold Fields

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 9, 2018
1. Murray Gold Fields Marker
Inscription. After prospecting north of here from 1878 to 1882, A.J. Prichard showed a few fortune hunters where to find gold. More than a year later, a horde of miners rushed there to start Eagle City.
A permanent camp followed at Murray, Jan, 22, 1884. As Shoshone county seat (1885-1898) and this area's gold center, Murray flourished for more than a decade. Important buildings -- a courthouse, Masonic Hall, and other landmarks -- have been preserved there to reflect life in a gold rush camp a century ago.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 430.)
 
Location. 47° 27.75′ N, 115° 42.63′ W. Marker is near Mullan, Idaho, in Shoshone County. Marker is on Interstate 90 at milepost 73, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mullan ID 83846, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1910 Fire (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Silver Valley (a few steps from this marker); History of Lookout Pass (approx. 0.8 miles away); Willow Creek Slide (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lead-Silver Mines
Murray Gold Fields Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 9, 2018
2. Murray Gold Fields Marker
(approx. 1.2 miles away); A wonderful Piece of Engineering: The Mullan Road (approx. 4.8 miles away in Montana); A Lost World (approx. 4.8 miles away in Montana); Join the Voyage of Discovery (approx. 4.9 miles away in Montana). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mullan.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at a westbound turnout on Interstate Highway 90, just west of Lookout Pass and the Montana/Idaho stateline.
 
Also see . . .  Murray, Idaho, in the Historic Silver Valley -- Grit. Murray itself is a sleepy little near-ghost town in the northern panhandle of Idaho. Located in the historic Silver Valley east of Coeur d’Alene, it has seen its share of colorful characters come and go. From 1886 to 1887 it was actually the county seat for Shoshone County, Idaho. At one point in its heyday, the tiny town boasted 44 bars along its main street. (Submitted on September 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Murray Gold Fields Marker image. Click for full size.
By Vintage Postcard, circa 1900
3. Murray Gold Fields Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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