GhostTowns.com Description White Pine's rich silver deposits were first mined around 1878. The camp began to flourish several years later but never attained the status of a boomtown. One reason, if not the principal reason, was its history of avalanches, most of them with fatalities. White Pine, like other towns that based their entire economy on the silver market, suffered the same fate after the crash of 1893. By 1894, White Pine was deserted. There were, however, sporadic bursts of activity from time to time around 1900, none of which could bring the town back to life. Today, it is truly a ghost town. Submitted by Henry Chenoweth. More information and images can be found here.