The town of Solomon has had several names and locations since the Fish River tribe established a fishing and hunting camp called Amutach on a sandbar between the Bonanza and Solomon Rivers. In 1899, when gold was discovered in the gravels of the Solomon River, a mining boomtown sprang up on the site with a post office, several saloons, a railroad terminal, a ferry dock, and over 2,000 residents. Thirteen large dredges worked the Solomon River. In 1913 a ferocious storm destroyed the town and residents relocated upstream to the recently abandoned town of Dickson, which has since been washed away. As mining waned, Solomon became a predominately Native village and residents relied on reindeer herding and subsistence. The 1918 flu epidemic took a tremendous toll. In 1939 the village was moved to its current location on Jerusalem Hill to avoid the river’s annual flooding. Heading north, the Solomon Roadhouse, which housed the store and post office, is on your right while the recently restored school house is on your left. Other buildings in the area are private cabins.
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