Burke was a silver, lead, and zinc mining town founded in 1886. The canyon was so narrow that there was once a hotel where the street, creek, and railroad tracks all ran through the lobby. Mining ceased in 1981, leaving the biggest ghost town buildings I have ever seen. There have been a couple of attempts to reopen one of the mines since then. In 2013 we were able to get inside the fenced compound, thanks to a local resident who once worked in one of the mines.
State of Idaho historical marker
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