Burke Ghost Town

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About a dozen people still live in Burke today, according to the Wallace Idaho Chamber of Commerce, Wallace Mining Museum, Shoshone County and utility records. It also is a second home for outdoor enthusiasts, including two retired Stanford professors. In short Burke is not completely abandoned.


08/25/2020 - Not a whole lot can be seen from the road, and unfortunately to access the remaining ruins would entail trespassing on the property of current residents or climbing a fence into unsafe areas liable to crumble beneath your feet. What is there offers an interesting glimpse, and it is not too far off the beaten path. A friendly little kitty endeared itself to me while I walked around.