In 1880 the following quartz lode mining claims near Bullion, about seven miles west of Hailey, were discovered, namely, Jay Gould, Bullion, Mayflower, May Queen, Idahoan, and others. Bullion in its heyday had over 500 men at work in the mines and its population was estimated at 700. It had two general stores, a shoe shop, a Post Office, a school house, four boarding houses, a Miners' Union hall, a livery stable, a daily stage that made round trips to Bailey, a pipe line with hydrants and hose, a large number of dwelling houses, seven saloons, etc. The mines adjoining Bullon produced more ore than did any other mining camp in the county. The post office was discontinued October 15, 1890. A short distance west of Bullion was the Red Elephant group. Across the ridge on Deer Creek were the following groups, Red Cloud, War Dance, Narrow-Gauge, Nay Aug, and other mines. In the Little Wood River District, situated about 18 miles northeast of Bellevue, were the Muldoon group, Silver Spar group, Eagle Bird, John A. Logan, and others. There was a little town called Muldoon near these mines. In its palmy days there were about 200 men employed at those mines.
The Smelting Industry
There were smelters near Bellevue, near the mouth of
Indian Creek, a few miles north of Hailey, Ketchum, Galena and
Muldoon. Both Vienna and Sawtooth had stamp mills and a large amount
of silver bullion was shipped from each of these places. In addition
to the above, there were several concentrating works and samplers.
The Philadelphia Mining and Smelting Company's works at Ketchum are
worthy of special mention. The first unit or furnace was built in
1882. In the summer of 1883 this company made extensive improvements
to their smelting works, which already had two stacks. They
constructed two additional buildings, the one 200 feet long by 50
feet wide, the other 60 by 60. The first mentioned was an ore house
and was divided in to bins, in which the various lots of ore purchased were laid and prepared for the furnace. These bins were on
each side of the building, and a roadway wide enough for two teams
and their line of loaded trail-wagons to pass extended from end to
end of the building. The other building was a furnace house.