Burke, Idaho


Burke Details

Status: Ghost Town

Date Settled: 1884

Current Population: A few

Peak Population: na

Elevation: 3,701 Feet (1,128 meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Lead

State: Idaho

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Burke Description

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

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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