Status: Ghost Town
Date Settled: 1884
Current Population: A few
Peak Population: na
Elevation: 3,701 Feet (1,128 meters)
Primary Mineral: Silver, Lead
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Lead - Silver discoveries in 1884 attracted a railroad to Burke by 1887. Hundreds of miners lived there in a canyon so narrow that they scarcely had room for streets. So in 1888, S.S. Glidden's Tiger Hotel had to be built over, rather than beside, Canyon Creek. Railroad tracks and Burke's only highway also had to run through his hotel. When a second railroad arrived in 1890, its tracks had to be laid in Burke's only street. No other hotel had two railroads, a street, and a stream running through its lobby.
From a sign in town
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