Idaho definitely wouldn’t be the state it is today without the mining industry. Several of Idaho’s mining towns still stand today as poignant reminders of this important part of Idaho’s past. The Gem State produced an impressive amount of gold, silver, zinc, and lead back in the mining industry’s heyday. The Silver Valley region of Idaho alone produced over a billion ounces of silver! Idaho is a state with an incredible history thanks to the thousands of miners who flocked here during the late 19th century. Check out these amazing photos that show a glimpse of what the mining life was like in Idaho over a century ago.

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Do you recognize any of these photographs? There’s something incredibly fascinating about seeing these old photographs of Idaho. Check out these 16 Then And Now Photos Of Idaho That Show Just How Much It’s Changed!

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