Now and Then #8
Today’s photo1: SilverSneakers – January 8, 2018. Class was in progress while I was walking the elevated track at the gym (taken with my iPhone).
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Photo Favorite2: Old ghost town building, Bonanza City, Idaho, September 26, 2011
Bonanza City, Idaho
Like many boomtowns gone bust, Bonanza City sprang to life almost instantly when gold was discovered, then died just as quickly after the gold ran out. Located along the Yankee Fork, a large tributary of Idaho’s upper Salmon River, Bonanza City is well worth a stop when traveling through scenic central Idaho. And while you’re here, also explore the nearby gold mining ghost town of Custer, as well as the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge.
Established in 1876, the town’s name of Bonanza represented the optimism felt by early miners—which paid off richly for a great many of them. By 1881, the population of Bonanza peaked at 600 and the town boasted a dentist, a tin shop, a watchmaker, hotels, saloons, boarding houses, a post office, and even the first newspaper in Custer County, The Yankee Herald. Bonanza City prospered for over 30 years, until its glory days of gold mining faded around 1910.3
- Today’s Photo is a photo that is almost always taken the day of the blog post. In some instances, posts may be backdated if internet access is not available on the day of the photo or other reasons prevent posting Now and Then.
- Photo Favorite is a randomly selected older photograph from a batch of photos specifically “curated” for Now and Then.
- Bonanza City, Idaho – Gold Rush Trading Post
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