Pearl and the Westview Mining District

(For complete and comphrensive information on Pearl, including photographs, visit the museum.)

Pearl, excerpt from Merle W. Wells -- Gold Camps & Silver Cities/Nineteenth Century Mining in Central and Southern Idaho. Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Mines & Geology, Moscow, Idaho, 1983. (p. 73-74)
The Mining Districts of the Idaho Basin and the Boise Ridge, by Waldemar Lindgren, 1898
    Mining Districts of the Idaho Basin and the Boise Ridge, 1898 (map)
    Mining Districts, Willow Creek and Rock Creek (map)
1899 Mining Report
Pearl in the early 1900's
Pearl Mining District, by Robert Bell, Former Idaho Inspector of Mines; includes story of discovery; "Boise Capital News," Boise, Idaho, Saturday, August 31, 1935
Checkmate Mine 1903, (photo) includes Rush Van Horton, Fred Turner, Charlie Charlton, Jim Roarabou, unknowns
Pearl Hoist Room, probably Checkmate, (photo)
1904 Mining Report, Pearl District
Pearl on (off-site)

Pearl Cemetery

Pearl Newspaper Clippings

1896, Pearl butchers close shop & another rich strike in the Checkmate, Caldwell Tribune, July 25, 1896
1897, ad for Stage Line to Pearl, H. Cox, proprietor; Graham & J. C. Shepherd, Pearl ticket agents; The Caldwell Tribune, May 1, 1897
1897, Mrs. Gould, Pearl store keeper visits Caldwell, The Caldwell Tribune, May 29, 1897
Plowman vs. LeVan Suit, A. Cox remembers 1897 Pearl Mining District suit
1903, W. C. Emke Mines at Pearl Sold for $25,000, January 13, 1903
1903, Great Pearl Mining Camp, April 30, 1903; lists mines and owners
1941, Idahoans Strike, Pearl, Idaho, 65 miners and muckers. .January 17, 1941
1951, Messenger: Pearl, A Colorful Ghost Town
1972, Idaho Statesman, Arthur Hart, Memories of Gold Rush Recall Pearl's Brief Life    photo
1980, Messenger-Index, Canadian Company Explores Pearl
1981, Messenger-Index, Pearl Sinks Further into the Dust    school photo    Headframe photo

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1890 USGS Map, Pearl

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