From Stopping Point to Destination
January 11, 2018
CHALLIS, IDAHO – Mining and ranching is the main economy of Challis, Idaho. When the Thompson Creek Mining Company, a molybdenum mine west of Challis, ended their mining operations in 2014 the bust in the economy rattled the community. At its peak, the molybdenum mine employed around 400 employees accounting for more than half of Custer Counties' tax roll. Today, around 50 remain.
"They were the largest employer but now they are probably the second largest," said Greg Webster, owner of The Bent Rod outdoor store and president of Challis' Chamber of Commerce. "They were like Santa Claus fo...