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Tinton Ghost Town, SD

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,966 feet
Elevation Gain 124 feet
Accumulated Gain 200 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.5
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins & Historic
Backpack No
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
9  2019-09-05 AZLOT69
24  2019-08-24 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 8,065
Trips 1,933 map ( 16,279 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  6:48am - 6:47pm
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An Original Nuclear-Age Community
by AZLOT69

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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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2019-08-24 AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    I 90 Exit 14 Spearfish,SD. Turn south to the Frontage Rd, Colorado Ave and turn west for 1.5 miles. Turn south on 14a Spearfish Canyon Rd and proceed for 12.9 miles. Turn right on Roughloch Falls Rd (FR 222) and take this dirt road for 5.9 miles. Turn right on Tinton Rd for .4 miles. Turn left on Schoolhouse Gulch rd and proceed 4 miles ignoring two left turns along the way. You will arrive at an intersection with Beaver Creek Rd. Do not turn, continue straight on Boundary Gulch Rd for 1.1 miles to Tinton.
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