But the indomitable spirit of the prospector and the
pioneer was not to be deterred by any obstacles, how ever great. As
there are several thousand mining locations of record, it would be
not only impracticable, but tedious, to mention them all. I shall,
therefore, content myself with a brief reference to some of the most
important mines in various parts of what is now embraced with in
Blaine County. The development of
mining on Wood River began in 1879.
At that time M. H. Williams, David Whitmer, Frank W. Jacobs, William
Mc Wade, Sam Friend, Jimmy Gray, and a few other men were living at
Jacobs City, named for Frank W. Jacobs. The name of Jacobs City was
changed to Broadford in 1880.
Following are the names of a few of the early quartz mining claims
recorded on Wood River and vicinity, to-wit:
Galena, located by Warren P. Callahan, notice filed
for record April 26, 1879
Queen of the Hills, located by Frank W. Jacobs, notice filed for
record July 15, 1879
River View and Penobscot, located by A. H. Johnston, notices filed
for record October 11, 1879
Minnie Moore, located by Daniel W. Scribner, notice filed for record
September 22, 1880.
All these mining claims were situated near what is now Broadford,
which is a short distance west of Bellevue.