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Lewis was founded when silver deposits were discovered at the head of Lewis Canyon in 1874. A ten stamp was erected to process ore from the eagle, Starr Grove, and other smaller mines in the area. In 1880, a new forty stamp mill was built. By 1881, Lewis had a population of 700 with saloons, several stores, hotels, a dance hall, boarding house, lumberyard, jail, post office, newspaper, and a school. A fire swept the business district in 1881, and labor troubles ensued the next year causing the start of the demise of Lewis. By 1883, most businesses had closed.


This old mine foundation is all I could find at the lewis site.

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