Clayton, Idaho is the town that refuses to die. This was the premier silver producing area of the state from 1880 to 1984. An earthquake opened up some underground rivers and flooded out the mine.
In contrast, today the world's largest producer of lube grade molybdenum, which is also used as a hardener in the production of steel, is located at the Thompson Creek Mining facility in the Clayton area. The production of beef is still a major endeavor in the area. In fact the number of cows in the county is greater than the population. Logging is still conducted within the county. These are the three industries that built the infrastructure that we have today.
Clayton is situated on The Salmon River Scenic Byway - Highway 75 that runs from Twin Falls, through Sun Valley, past the Sawtooth Mountains and Stanley through the Upper Salmon River Canyons. It has become a favorite stopping point for tourists wanting to learn more about early mining towns, as well as a Sportman's Paradise.