Custer, ID

Custer

Situated about 2 miles upstream from Bonanza, Custer grew with the development of the rich quartz mines.

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The Charles Dickens was the first big mine, and others nearby were the General Custer, the Lucky Boy, the Black Mine, and the Montana Mine.

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With the defeat of General Custer in 1876 still fresh in their minds, the miners named the town in his honor.

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The Custer mill started operating in 1881 and closed down in 1903, and at one time it had thirty stamps going.

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A tramway was built up the mountainside behind the mill to carry down the ore. Unfortunatly the mill has been burned down and only the foundations remain.

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Probably the main attraction at Custer is the McGown museum, housed in the old schoolhouse.

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With the passing of Tuff McGown, the U. S. Forest Service has taken over the museum.

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