WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
BARBEE & WALKER SILVER MINING COMPANY
BARBEE & WALKER MILLING AND MINING COMPANY
Silver Reef, Utah
LOCATIONIn 1880, a New York organization consolidated the mill and mine under the Walker Milling and Mining Company and made many improvements to the mill, including the addition of a telephone between the hoisting works and the main levels of the mill. William Barbee sold his interests in the company for about $75,000 and left the area.
By October 1882, the company was delaying paychecks because they couldn't afford to pay their employees. The company finally shut down their operations, including those at the Barbee & Walker Mill, in December of 1882, and the mill was sold at a county auction the next month.