Deer Lodge Canyon
In the Desert
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You'll probably want a 4 wheel drive to visit this old Ghost Town. It is remote so use care and take some one with you. Some of the properties here are privately owned, please obey the "no tresspassing" signs. There is a lot to see without even leaving the main road. Don't miss the cemetery.
Deer Lodge Canyon Topography Map
In 1900 the Hackett Family came to Deer Lodge from Salt Lake to prospect. Before that time there were several silver and gold mines working north of Modena Utah and south of Rose Valley Nevada. These mines were rich but only in small pockets. Some of the mines were the Jenny,Horse Shoe,Little Buck,Ophir,Homestake, Whitehorse, Johnny and the Goldbug. The Mills were at the Johnny and Jenny mines with a ball Mill at Fay.
In the beginning the Hackett men just worked the mines, gold in the Deer Lodge area was found only in Quartz seams . The gold ore had to be milled or crushed to get the gold out. Many of the shafts became flooded and had to be pumped out to work. This made the recovery process very expensive.
At that time Grandma Hackett would plant and raise crops and a garden.When the Mines ran out the Hackett Men started a small cattle ranch which grew to over 400 head. Grandpa Hackett died in 1922 and Grandma lived till 1952.
At 7000 foot altitude, Deer Lodge was, and still is a beautiful canyon. It has several small springs feeding the creek that appears and disappears and is just about gone altogether now. There is several out buildings with two log cabins still left. More info, GPX track and photos - HERE