Bruneau, Idaho

Name: Bruneau
Class: E2
GPS: 42.880485, -115.801684
Directions:
Bruneau is 21 miles south of Mountain Home Idaho along the Owyhee Highway.

Description:

Jack Turner and Mr J.E. Hawes were two early pioneers in Bruneau. Both were among the first to import cattle, specifically the Texas Long Horn variety, into the area. [zotpressInText item=”{PFS557VE}”]

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Ghost town of Cuprum Idaho

Name: Cuprum, Idaho
Class: H1 (Copper mines originally, now Summer Cabins and loggers.)
GPS: Latitude: 45.0865458, Longitude: -116.6893141
Directions: *Note* Two wheel drive accessible only in summer months. Kleinscmidt Grade is an historic road known for it’s steep grade.

From Ontario, Oregon head north on US-95 North for 44 miles. At the town of Cambridge Idaho, take a left on to ID-71. The road will cross the Snake River to Brownlee, Oregon and then join OR-86. Take a right towards Copperfield, Oregon, then take the next right to cross the Snake River again on NF-4545. After crossing the river take a left onto Hells Canyon Road. Just under six miles, take right onto Kleinschmidt Grade. This road is also labeled National Forest Development Road 050. In 5 and half miles Windy Ridge Road joins Kleinschmidt Grade at a “Y” intersection. Continue for another two and half miles, when Council Cuprum Road joins Windy Ridge Road. Cuprum is 1.6 miles further.

Description: Sit back and enjoy the drive along parts of the Snake River that most people don’t get to see. Cuprum is Latin for “Copper,” an apt description as this remote part of Idaho likely still has huge untapped copper deposits. Several mines were in the area, leading to the need for a town. An hospital was built here in 1897, and a Post Office was established the same year on December 1st.

The Pacific and Idaho Northern railroad was supposed to be built through here with an eventual stop at Landore, Idaho 20 miles north, but litigation among mine owners in the area ended up halting it’s construction. By the time this was resolved, it was found that the open pit type of mining pioneered in Montana was not a good fit for the Seven Devils mining region that Cuprum is part of.

Since then repeated attempts to mine the area have all been minimally successful. Kleinschmidt grade continues to be a huge hurdle despite multiple attempts to bypass it. In 1960, $400,000 worth of copper was recovered from the area. But it cost $1.6 million to do so. The Copper Cliff mine was started in 1974 to much optimism. Local reserves of mined copper ore were able to keep the mine running until 1979. It was still in continuous operation until the late 1980’s, but was finally completely closed and the buildings destroyed in 2006.

“Modern” Cuprum has a few dozen summer residents, and as of the 1970’s, some logging work.

Further Reading:
Ghost towns of Idaho by Donald Miller

The Idaho Historical Society has a few pictures of the Cuprum area, including the Seven Devil’s Hotel and Bar.

Ghost Towns of Idaho

This list of ghost towns of Idaho. If you know of any towns not on this list, please leave a comment below! If you know anything about any of the towns on this, have pictures, or stories to share please leave comments on the individual town’s page.

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Ghost Towns of Idaho

ALBION

ATLANTA

BAY HORSE

BELLEVUE

BIG CREEK

BLACK LAKE

BONANZA

BOULDER BASIN

BOULDER CITY

BROADFORD

BROADFORD

Bruneau

BURGDORF

BURKE

CALLENDER

CARIBOO

CARIBOU CITY

CENTERVILLE

CHESTERFIELD

CHILLY

CLAYTON

CLEVELAND

CLIFF CITY

CONCORD

Cuprum

CUSTER

CZIZEK

DE LAMAR

DEADWOOD CITY

DECORAH

DEWEY

DUDLEY

EAGLE CITY

ERA

FAIRVIEW

FLINT

FLORENCE

GARNET TOWN

GEM

GIBBONSV

GRAHAM

GRASMERE

GREYHOUND MINE

HEATH

HELENA

HERBERT

HERMAN

HUMP TOWN

IRON SPRINGS

KETCHUM

KEUTERVILLE

LANDORE

LEESBURG

MARSHALL LAKE- MINES

MINERAL CITY

MOOSE CITY

MOUNT

MULDOON

MURRAY

NEAL

NICHOLIA

OLD OROGRANDE

PARADISE

PARDEE

PEAR

PIONEERVILLE

PLACER BASIN

PLACERVILLE

POTOSI GULCH

QUARTZBURG

RANKINS MILL

ROCKVILLE

ROCKY BAR

ROOSEVELT

ROSEBERRY

RUBY CITY

RUTHBURG

SAWTOOTH CITY

SEAFOAM MINE

SHOUP

SILVER CITY

SOLDIER

STIBNITE

THREE CREEK

THUNDER MOUNTAIN CITY

TWIN SPRINGS

ULYSEES

VIENNA

WARREN

WASHINGTON BASIN

WHITE KNOB

YELLOW JACKET