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An Original Nuclear-Age Community
The Tinton area was first settled in 1876 when gold was discovered in the area. This soon played out and then tin was discovered. The Tinton mining company moved in and created a company town here called Tinton which controlled several mines in the area.
You will take note that every existing building seems to be constructed of the same building materials. At one time the population reached 300. Tinton had the largest tin mill in the world. Mining had its ups and downs here until Lithium was discovered around 1940. The Japanese controlled the tin industry outside the US, so between Tin and Lithium, Tinton became crucial in the World War 11 efforts. Tinton became a supplier of raw materials (lithium oxide) to the company involved in the Manhattan Project. Mining declined after the war, but still continues today in the area.
Tinton has the most existing structures of any ghost town in South Dakota, about 25. As you approach the area you may note the tremendous amount of tree fall in the area. In the summer of 2018 a tornado ripped thru the area with Tinton in the path. A lot of damage was done. Your hike and exploration starts along Main Street and continues to the east. The ruins and surrounding mines are quite extensive and will certainly interest the history buff or hobbyist. When finished return the way you came.
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