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ARGENTUM

Much confusion surrounds the towns of Argentum, Tellurium, and Burrows Park. All three towns (and another, White Cross) were located in a five-mile-long mountain park also called Burrows Park, which itself made up the Burrows Park Mining District. The trouble is that no one seems to know where one town starts and another town ends.

Tellurium was located a short distance outside of the mountain park and likely is completely gone. History records that it was a tiny camp of fewer than fifteen people which was abandoned when the hope of finding tellurium did not materialize.

 

Argentum and Burrows Park were certainly larger, but not by much. Most accounts put the population as ranging between a low of about twenty people and a high of around two hundred depending on the excitement at any given moment. To make matters worse, some accounts say that Argentum was just another name for Burrows Park.

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sign at the site of what is likely Argentum reads:

"BURROWS PARK: These two structures were part of the town of Argentum located in the Burrows Park Mining District. The smaller cabin was built in the 1870s and probably served as the town's post office operated by James Sloan. The larger cabin was probably constructed in the 1890s, its function is presently unknown. Could it have been the stage stop and hotel known to have been in this area?"

Regardless, there are three distinct areas in Burrows Park with remaining structures separated by a reasonable amount of distance to suggest the possible locations of Argentum and Burrows Park. The third was, most definitely, the site of White Cross.

Copper, silver, and iron were all found here in mines with names like the Bonhomme, the Cracker Jack, the Tabasco, and the Champion.

The mystery of Argentum and Burrows Park may well never be solved.

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