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Ghost 13 - Silver Plume
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Another in the Ghost series. Very easy, you can drive to the site. An odd but interesting cache at an elevation of 9181 feet.
Silver Plume was incorporated on Aug 19, l880, although its name was given by Steven Decatur 10 years earlier. Supposedly the name stems from the shape of the silver ore discovered in the area, which supposedly broke off in feather-like patterns. During the 1870's more than two thousand people populated Silver Plume. A Post Office was established in 1871 using the name Brownsville. The old site of Brownsville is at the west end of Silver Plume on Main Street where the grey mine tailings reach level ground. It is said that a chunk of silver bullion weighing 580 pounds was discovered in Browns gulch in 1869 - a worlds record.
About 50 feet west of the cache site is the Brewery Spring which furnished fresh spring water to brew German style lager at the Bush Brewery and water for the Bowling Alley which were across the street in the 1870's. Both the Brewery and Bowling Alley are gone.
Silver Plume is a mix of ghost and present - many old buildings dating back to the boom days still exist, many are vacant.
While in Silver Plume, check out the Georgetown Loop Railroad on the south side of I-70.
To log this cache, email me the name of the chief tenant, and the date it was built.
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Last Updated: on 1/3/2018 8:25:14 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (4:25 AM GMT)
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