Monday, August 2, 2010
July 30 - South Pass City
South Pass City is the home of the Carissa Mine and is now basically a ghost town. The five people who live here all year maintain buildings and keep the 30'-40' drifts from collapsing them. Amazingly, they aren't trapped there all winter long. These hilly, winding, gravel roads are kept plowed in the winter. There are a number of interesting displays in South Pass City in addition to the buildings. Gold was first discovered here in the 1840s but the boom didn't start until 1868 and ended in the 1870s. The first woman in the nation to hold public office, according to one of the signs, lived here. Esther Morris was a justice of the peace.