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Rock Corral Recreation
For rockhounders and visitors interested in the historic mines in Beaver County, we suggest you travel to the Mineral Mountains east of Milford and stop at the Rock Corral Recreation Area.
Utah Rockhouning: This site contains information regarding the location of the Mineral Mountains.
A WORD OF CAUTION
Some areas within the County are desolate and uninhabited. Take food, water, warm clothing, maps and a GPS if you have one. Note: Nothing stated on this web site gives anyone the right to dig, take, or possess any rocks or minerals from any lands illegally. Make sure you comply with state and federal laws and private property restrictions.
. . . in Beaver County
Across the USA, you’ll find settlements, hamlets, villages, towns, and cities; and then, of course, ghost towns. In our Country’s early settlement history, adventurers, explorers, families and entire communities set out to lay claim to a piece of America’s vast open land and build a future. Utah was settled predominantly by Mormon pioneers who in 1847 packed up a good portion of their community in Nauvoo, Illinois and set out across the wilderness to ultimately end up in the Salt Lake Valley. Shortly thereafter, Brigham Young, president of the Mormon faith instructed certain members of the church to go out and establish other settlements throughout the territory. The community of Beaver was one of the first settlements established in southern Utah, which occurred in 1856.
This period in American history was also marked by a mass migration of other people to the West, fueled by the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. The California Gold Rush, that began on January 24, 1848, attracted tens of thousands of gold seekers, merchants and other immigrants from around the world. By 1855, an estimated 300,000 people had flocked to California. Over the next decade, the gold fields in California began to yield less and less, and prospectors (the forty-niners) began looking elsewhere. As early as 1858, silver was found in the Mineral Mountains east of what is today Milford, at the Lincoln Mine. After that, the Cave Mountain Mine located within the same area struck silver. Word began spreading to prospectors in California about silver and gold discoveries in the western Utah Territory. Exploration was heating up, and in the early 1870s silver was then discovered at the Moscow and Shauntie mines in the Picachio Mountains, southwest of Milford. Then, in September of 1875, two prospectors in the Frisco Mountains (James Ryan and Samuel Hawks) while on their way to their digs, stopped to test a large outcropping of ore, found a silver ore body and immediately staked a claim. After working the claim for a short time, they lost the direction of the ore body and decided to sell their claim for $25,000 rather than work it. However, the new owners found the main ore body and the saga of the rich Horn Silver Mine bonanza was born. Almost overnight, the town of Frisco became a booming mining community. By the late 1870s, workers at the mine had extracted 25,000 tons of ore with a high silver content.
Most Notable Ghost Towns - (A link for accessing a map of the area.)
Approximate Location: latitude: 38.3417N / longitude: 113.16583W
Shenandoah is a ghost town site (little remains) in the central section of the Star Range, twelve miles southwest of Milford. Nearby is the ghost town of Shauntie. This early 1870's mining camp was named by Confederate war veterans of the Civil War. Approximate Location: latitude: 38.35224N / longitude: 133.13611W
Arago City is a ghost town site (little remains) in the Star Range about ten miles southwest of Milford. It is near the ghost town of Shauntie on the west side of Picacho Peak near the head of Shauntie and Moscow washes.
Approximate Location: latitude: 38.34859N / longitude: 113.16490W