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Delamar - Mill foundations (foreground), and townsite (background).

In 1889, prospectors John Ferguson and Joseph Sharp discovered gold around Monkeywrench Wash. A mining camp was then born west of the Monkeywrench Mine. It was called Ferguson.

In April 1894, Captain Joseph Raphael De Lamar bought most of the important mines in the area and renamed the Ferguson camp as Delamar. In the same year, a newspaper called the Delamar Lode began publication and a post office was opened. Soon, the new settlement boasted more than 1,500 residents, a hospital, an opera house, churches, a school, several businesses and saloons. Most buildings were made of native rock.

By 1896, the Delamar mill was handling up to 260 tons of ore daily. Water for the camp was pumped from a well in Meadow Valley Wash, some twelve miles away. Supplies and materials traveled even further, by mule team over mountainous terrain from the railroad head at Milford, Utah, which was 150 miles from Delamar.

The gold in the Delamar mines was embedded in quartzite which when crushed created a fine dust. Miners breathing the dust often developed silicosis and the town became known as a "widow-maker.

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Some old clunkers used for target practice

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This building may have been workers quarters

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Townsite Main Street

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Mine shaft

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April Fool Mine Company Building

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Looking down on the townsite

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Mill Foundations

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Mill Foundations

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Wild Stallion protecting his herd of wild horses

Delamar Cemetery

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This is the original cemetery for Delamar.
Later when the road to the cemetery washed out, Delamar started using the Helene Cemetery to bury their dead. This original cemetery has no readable headstones, it's almost all withered away.

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