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Eileen Donan Castle

Eileen Donan Castle

Eileen Donan is probably one of the most picturesque castles we’ve visited on our UK road trip. It’s also one of the smaller ones. Built in the 13th century, it is rumored to have sheltered Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence. Having seen years of clan feuds and barely endured the Jacobite uprising, the castle today stands restored for us to enjoy.
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Silver Reef Ghost Town

Part 3 of our Bryce Canyon Road Trip (View Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)

William Tecumseh Barbee was one of the earliest people to prospect for silver in southwest Utah and made one of the most significant discoveries. His initial claims in Silver Reef were staked in 1875, and with a large rush of prospectors and miners brought in, the mine and mill were in full operation by 1878.

At its height, Silver Reef had a population of 2,000. There were hotels, 9 stores, 6 saloons, a bank, several restaurants, a hospital, 2 dance halls, 2 news papers, a china town and 3 cemeteries.

As the price of silver dropped, mines gradually began to close. By 1884, most were closed and by 1901, most buildings had been demolished. The old Wells Fargo bank still stands today and now houses a small museum & gift shop of the once bustling mining town.

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