Most People Have Long Forgotten About This Vacant Ghost Town In Rural Idaho

It’s one thing to read about Idaho’s short-lived mining history, but quite another to actually walk through an old ghost town and experience it firsthand. The buildings resonate from another time; the streets are narrow, dusty, and rugged. The homes are practical more than they are comfortable and are smaller than many walk-in showers nowadays. Not to mention the barren, perilous, rocky canyons that housed many of these townsites and made for challenging logistics for even the most successful of mining operations. Altogether, there’s no doubt that Idaho’s ghost towns were only for the most tenacious of individuals.

Nestled in east-Central Idaho’s Land of the Yankee Fork State Park are three townsites that, in many ways, look just as they did well over a century ago. But one rugged ghost town in the heart of the park, although definitely recognizable, doesn’t seem to get the same attention as its counterparts, Custer and Bonanza. Nevertheless, the buildings that remain standing almost seem as though its residents were plucked out of thin air and their homes left to tell the story.

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Want to see this treasured Idaho ghost town from a new perspective? Check out this drone video by YouTube user Mali Mish!

Camping out in an old ghost town is such a unique opportunity – how’s that for your next summer adventure?! For more information about exploring and staying at the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park, click here.

While you’re here, be sure to check out this behemoth piece of mining history, the old Yankee Fork gold dredge.