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The mining town of St. Elmo in Chalk Creek Gulch developed with many picturesque and interesting characters.Dr. Abner Ellis Wright was a medical do...

September 3, 2022
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The mining town of St. Elmo in Chalk Creek Gulch developed with many picturesque and interesting characters.Dr. Abner Ellis Wright was a medical doctor who went west from Iowa as far as the California gold mines.He had a run in with a grizzly bear in California, lost an ear and so wore a full beard to cover the missing ear for the rest of his life. He came to St. Elmo with friend John Royal exploring Chalk Creek Canyon in about 1871. They discovered a vein of ore on Chyrsolite Mountain.This mine became the biggest ore producer in the area and is still called the Mary Murphy Mine.

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