These 11 Rare Photos Show Wyoming’s Mining History Like Never Before

Wyoming has a rich pioneer history, but the discovery of precious metals in our hills and the subsequent gold rush has just as much to do with settlements cropping up across the state.

Today, most of the state’s mining history is preserved in museums and the ghost towns that were left behind when mining production slowed down and claims were bought out or taken over by large companies. If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit any of our historic mining areas, these 11 photos will give you a glimpse of Wyoming’s fascinating mining history.

What historic mines in Wyoming have you seen?