Welcome to Gilmore
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 27.462 W 113° 16.190
12T E 319422 N 4925216
Quick Description: History sign at ghost town of Gilmore.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 9:00:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMF11T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
Views: 1

Long Description:
This sign is about the community of Gilmore and is one of a group of six signs in the ghost town of Gilmore, about 16 miles south of Leadore, Idaho. There are three history signs plus three photo panels, one for each history sign.
Marker Name: Welcome to Gilmore

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
An Idaho town is born. At an elevation over 7200 feet, this weathered town site belies the thriving community that Gilmore was during the first thirty years of the 20th century. With a population of approximately 600 during the 1910s, the mining town boosted the economy of Lemhi County, encouraged further settlement of the Upper Lemhi River Valley, and generated enough enthusiasm to warrant the long-awaited railroad. Miners, with the help of a Pennsylvanian mine promoter, Edgar Ross, perched their first camp on the hillside near the mines in 1903. Named after John T. Gilmer of the Gilmer and Salisbury Stage Company, both the camp and the U.S. Post Office fell heir to a Washington, D.C. clerk’s typographical error, becoming officially, “Gilmore.” With the imminent arrival of the Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad, Ross and his associates platted a town on the sagebrush plains below the mines. Improved transportation drew additional miners, service industries, and businesses. By 1911-1912 the camp looked more like a thriving community. Local business interests formed the Lemhi Balley Bank and the Salmon City papers printed the “Gilmore Business Directory.” The directory included the bank, the Gilmore Mercantile, a couple of hotels and restaurants, a livery barn, building contractor, meat market, two barbers (including a “lady barber”), and a pool hall. The Lemhi Herald declared that there were a dozen or more notable businesses, scores of “comfortable dwellings,” and a Gilmore Commercial Club - Gilmore’s equivalent of a chamber of commerce. Sixty-six students attended school in 1912 and at least eight different mining groups were attempting to make their fortunes. Living in Gilmore was not easy, however, Ruby Benedict, wife of a Gilmore businessman, noted that the winters could be compared unfavorably with those of Siberia. Adding to the discomfort of long, cold winters, obtaining water proved difficult. Miners initially hauled water from the spring at the head of Texas Creek. They eventually constructed a three-mile flume bringing water to the mines, and from there the water was allowed to run as a creek through the town. Despite the difficulties, the population of Gilmore continued to grow. When the mines shut down between 1929 and 1931, the population plummeted as miners and their families left to find other employment. Those who stayed were sustained by the efforts of Edgar Ross, the Tuckers, and the Gilmore Mercantile Company until the company’s bankruptcy in 1931. A number of the early residents kept their homes in Gilmore until the 1960. Decades of neglect and vandalism, combined with the harsh conditions at this high elevation, have taken their toll on Gilmore, but the hopes and bibrancy of this community can still be felt.


County: Lemhi

City: Gilmore

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Group Responsible for Placement: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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