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Livingston Mill

By coolsen - Posted on 12 January 2018

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  • Site # 19
  • GPS Coordinates: N44.13161 W114.52455
  • Elevation: 7280 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 54
  • Benchmark Coordinates: H3 Idaho
  • Ride Difficulty: 2


Livingston Mill is within the boundaries of the 756,000-acre Sawtooth National Recreation Area and is a living testament to Idaho's pioneering days.  Currently, the site is owned by the Swanson family from Idaho Falls, but was originally owned by Albert and William Livingston as far back as 1882.  Most of the original town-site structures have survived.   Early production records show that after discovery, rich lead-silver ore was shipped by mule train to a smelter in Clayton.  The area went through intensive on-again, off-again mining throughout the late 1880s and into the 1950s, producing approximately 86,700 tons of lead-zinc silver ore.  The first mill facility was reportedly built in 1924, and high metal concentrations in samples from those areas suggest the first mill was somewhat ineffective in the recovery of lead, zinc and sliver.  The site temporarily closed in 1930 and operated intermittently during the 1930s and 1940s.  Following expansion and construction of a new mill in about 1950, operations began to reprocess some of the tailings from the original mill and reportedly recovered significant amounts of lead and zinc.  Active operations at the Livingston Mill site stopped in the 1950s, and the Swanson family picked up the mill and nearby patented mines through bankruptcy proceedings.

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 silverspurs at Livingstone Mill rd... aka Big Boulder Creek Rd...  with Gaylon Holdaway. we stopped here because we had a nearly bald rear knobby on my bike and street tires on Gaylons bike... I'd been up this road to the mill several times before and knew how nasty it can be...  we have an Alaska trip coming up in two weeks and decided we weren't going to chance injury to us or our bikes trying to get all the way to the mill.

Posted by silverspurs on 2018-07-16 22:29

Photo Taken August 16.  We met the caretaker who stays there year-round.  He was happy to see us and have someone to talk to.  He will give tours of the building there if you want.

Posted by coolsen on 2018-08-21 11:36

 The caretaker is an "interesting" guy

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