Richard Houck (left) inspecting gold stamps from the quartz lode mining days in Murray, ID.
Eimco mucking machines in the bone yard. Spare parts, anyone?
Placer gold was discovered by prospectors in Murray in 1882. Dredges and lode mines followed.
The historic Masonic Hall (left) and the local watering spot are prominent features in “downtown” Murray (2011 photo).
Sunshine Mine and Mill, site of the 1972 disastrous mine fire in which 91 miners perished. In 2002, the mine was closed and parking lots empty because of low silver prices.
View of the Jewel Shaft at the Sunshine Mine along Big Creek.
(Above) In 2011, increased silver prices had renewed interest in the Sunshine Mine and the Crescent Silver Mine prospect across the road. Cars belonging to the exploration and development staff are back in the parking lot.
(Left) Memorial to the miners who died in the Sunshine Mine Fire.