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Although gold was discovered here in 1860, it was not until about 1900 that Joseph Green staked the rich Jump Up Joe Mine. On the fourth of July, 1902 J.S. Phillips of Pittsburgh, with partners J.M. Brian and Caleb Dorsey made an exciting find and called it the Pittsburgh-Liberty to honor a birthplace and a date. Fraternal background determined the name to be attached to this camp, which eventually evolved into three sections known as Lower, Middle, and Upper Town. By 1908, Masonic promised to be one of the major mining camps of the west, but the yellow metal followed no pattern. Rich pockets were found and exhausted; then Phillips' broken body was found at the bottom of a shaft. Was it a slip, or was it treachery afoot that night? The ghosts of Masonic have many secrets.

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