an almost ghost town
In 1970, Granite had a population of 1. But now during the summer, hundreds of vacationers and elk hunters move into this pretty little 'town' with their tents and trailers. Winters are harsh though and amenities are few; year-round residence is still just 28.
The town’s founder was prospector Jack Long, and he founded the town because his mule got stuck in the mud while packing a big load of whiskey on July 4, 1862. Long pulled the mule out of the mud and found gold dust mixed with the mud on its feet. He immediately staked a mining claim and within a week, he had company -- a lot of company. And the town sprang up in shockingly short order. Like a lot of old mining towns in the Blue Mountains, Granite was a rough, tough, hard-drinking, hard-fisted kind of place. At its peak, it boasted nearly 5,000 residents, almost all male, almost all miners. I wonder what went on behind these windows over the old saloon/hotel.