In the Desert
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This is a great Ghost Town, if no other reason than the sheer size of it. So many building ruins and mines. Also many off-road trails to be explored. It is remote, but easy to get to.
Delamar Topography Map
When gold was discovered in 1889 in Monkeywrench Wash by John Ferguson and Joseph Sharp, gold and silver seekers rushed to the isolated and treeless region. Before long a mining camp was born west of the Monkeywrench Mine and called Ferguson after one of the original prospectors. Paiute Indians were the source of this find. For more info, GPX track and photos -- HERE
In April, 1894, Captain Joseph Rafael De Lamar of Montana bought most of the important mines in the area and renamed the Ferguson camp, Delamar. In the same year, a newspaper called the Delamar Lode began publication and a post office was opened. Lamar built a fifty-ton mill which commenced operation in May of 1895 and the camp began to grow.
Soon, the new settlement boasted more than 1,500 residents, a hospital, an Opera House, a couple of churches, a school, several businesses and the numerous inevitable saloons. Most buildings were built of native rock and though the camp has long since been a ghost town, the ruins of these timeless buildings continue to stand.
By 1896 the Delamar mill was handling up to 260 tons of ore daily. Water for the camp was pumped in from a well at Meadow Valley Wash, some twelve miles away. Supplies and materials traveled even further, by mule teams over mountainous terrain from the railroad head at Milford, Utah, 150 miles from the remote camp. The precious ore was hauled out of the settlement in the same arduous manner.
Weather and vandals have taken a toll on the remains of Delamar. Only a few years ago several of the old stone buildings remained standing, but according to an area resident, these buildings have sadly been taken apart, stone by stone, by vandals hoping to find something hidden in the walls. However, these crumbling ruins, tailings, and old mine structures still entice ghost towners and photographers to its remote location.