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Near South Pass City in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust

 
 
The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
1. The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust Marker
Caption: Original Carissa Mine in 1905. J.B. Stimson, photographer.
Inscription. Thousands rushed to the South Pass area following the find of substantial gold deposits at the Carissa Mine in 1867. As the boom gained steam, the Carissa sat at the center of mining development, serving as the primary economic force for South Pass City. Eventually, the gold played out and the Carissa’s mining technology reached its limit. As a result, the Carissa closed, contributing to the gold bust and the decline of South Pass City in the 1870s.

Modern advances in mining technology and an influx of new money made it possible for the Carissa to reopen in the early 1900s, bringing with it a renewed boom. A large project that modernized the Carissa during the winter of 1928-1929 created additional facilities that were both newly built and moved to the site. The Carissa continued to open and close with new owners, new money, fluctuating gold prices, and new technologies. It closed for the last time in 1949 and the State of Wyoming acquired it in 2003 designating it as a historic site.
 
Erected by Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming.
 
Location. 42° 28.484′ N, 108° 47.826′ W. Marker is near South Pass City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on South Pass City Road near South Pass Road, on the
The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
2. The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust Marker
left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust (a few steps from this marker); Esther Hobart Morris (approx. 0.4 miles away); South Pass City (approx. half a mile away); First Masonic Lodge in Wyoming (approx. half a mile away); South Pass and South Pass City (approx. 1.4 miles away); Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Atlantic City Project (approx. 4 miles away); Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Pass City.
 
Additional keywords. mining
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Carissa Mine image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
3. The Carissa Mine
The Carissa Mine image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
4. The Carissa Mine
The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
5. The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust Marker
The Carissa Mine image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
6. The Carissa Mine
The Carissa Mine Stamp Mill image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
7. The Carissa Mine Stamp Mill
The Carissa Mill and Shaft House image. Click for full size.
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8. The Carissa Mill and Shaft House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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