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By coolsen - Posted on 12 January 2018

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  • Site # 5
  • GPS Coordinates: N45.22385 W114.11362
  • Elevation: 6660 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 48
  • Benchmark Coordinates: D4 Idaho
  • Ride Difficulty: 2


Leesburg was established after gold was discovered at the Leesburg Mine on July 16, 1866.  The mining town was named for General Robert E. Lee because most of the settlers were Southerners.  The findings here were plentiful, at Napias Creek especially, and a second town sprung up (literally) right across the street from Leesburg as a result -- Grantsburg.  Uniquely, the two towns shared their main street until Leesburg finally won out as a catchier name for the community.  For its brief stint, it was the largest town in Lemhi County.  It once had a population of 7,000 (including Chinese), 100 business firms, and a main street a mile long.  Miners dug over 400 miles of ditches to carry water to sluice out gold.  By 1930 placer mining was carried on nearly entirely by hydraulic methods. The mine produced nearly $16,000,000 in gold prior to 1938.,_Idaho

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