War Eagle Mines
For a decade after 1864, most of Silver
City's fabulous mineral wealth came
from Upper War Eagle Mountain, which
rises a vertical mile above here.
With lodes far richer than those found elsewhere,
War Eagle miners fought a series of violent wars
for control of valuable claims. Troops from Fort
Boise finally had to intervene in a one-armed
clash in 1868. San Francisco bank failures
ended production there in 1875 and
thriving camps became ghost towns.