Status: Near Ghost Town
Date Settled: 1874
Current Population: 54
Peak Population: ~3,500
Elevation: 4,790 Feet ( 1,460 meters)
Primary Mineral: Silver, Lead
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Silver was discovered here in 1874 and the town of Darwin had been established by early 1875. Mining in Darwin continued intermittently until the 1970's, giving the town a longer lease on life than most mining towns in the region. There are still a handful of old homes and commercial buildings left but there are no longer any operating businesses. Remains of a company town built during the most recent round of mining operations can be seen on the hillside just above Darwin.