Monte Cristo may be gone, but its legacy lives on | Taking Stock
Last updated 3/29/2017 at Noon
Monte Cristo is now just a destination for hikers, located about 30 miles east of Granite Falls and a 4-mile hike from the Mountain Loop Highway.
Little is left of the boomtown that once occupied the site. By modern evaluation, Monte Cristo is a failed town, like the many other ghost towns that dot this state and much of the western United States.
But unlike other ghost towns, including my favorite Alpine, Washington the legacy of Monte Cristo extended beyond itself. The value of precious and non-precious metals in Monte Cristo was valued so high that it brought in “Eastern Money....