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Following Noah Kellogg’s famed discovery on Bunker Hill, miners rushed to the Silver Valley and founded Wardner in October 1885. Situated on Milo Creek, early residents first named their town “Kentuck” after the successful owners of the nearby Golden Chest mine. However, when the community applied for postal services, the US Postal Department rejected the town name. After much discussion, community residents finally came up with a new name. James Wardner, although a conman with several get-rich-quick schemes, was quite popular in the area and had done well since engaging in mining activities in the Silver Valley. To honor Wardner’s contributions and promotion of the Bunker Hill and Sullivan mines, residents christened the settlement after him.

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