Idaho Ghost Towns
Many guests at Wagonhammer enjoy venturing out past our RV Park and campgrounds to explore Idaho ghost towns in Lemhi County. Lemhi County is rich in history, boasting several ghost towns in our Gem State with buildings and remnants remaining for you to step back in time and explore.
Many of our Idaho Ghost towns contain abandoned mine sites which can be hazardous, for your safety, do not enter abandoned mines.
Gibbonsville Idaho – Gibbonsville is on many a list for Idaho Ghost Towns which, however, there are residents still living here along with a free historical museum to explore. Gibbonsville began in 1877 with the discovery of placer gold on the creeks.
Gilmore Idaho – This Ghost town offers many building remnants left to explore. We recommend that you bring along a picnic lunch, and drive on up the road to the lake, a beautiful spot for a picnic lunch. In 1873 gold was discovered in Gilmore, however, the town came alive when they began working silver-lead ores. Gilmore produced over $12,000 in gold and silver before the town died in the 1930’s.
Leesburg Idaho – Another Gold Mining Ghost Town offering a cemetery and wooden building remnants to browse through. Leesburg boasted over 100 businesses at its peak, beginning in 1866 with the discovery of gold. The town grew quickly removing upwards of $40 million in gold before the last of the residents left by the end of World War II.
Shoup Idaho – This is worth the short drive from Wagonhammer, as the Shoup Store still exists. Shoup began as a mining town in 1881 with the discovery of gold. Just about a scenic 20 mile drive from Wagonhammer, you may want to set out with your fishing poles, as the road to Shoup is adjacent to the Salmon River, stop and explore the mines and mills, and finish off with a delicious milk shake at the Shoup Store.
Ulysses Idaho – If you are interested in mining operations and cable tramways, then the beautiful drive up Indian Creek to the remnants of Ulysses may interest you. The mill has collapsed, however, there are a few cabins still standing.
View our Wagonhammer area information book to discover more ghost towns to visit while you enjoy your stay at our Idaho RV Park and Campground 19 miles north of Salmon Idaho in North Fork Idaho.