Ward (1863, 9,258 feet) was named for Calvin Ward, who found gold here in 1860. Remnants of its bonanza days include the Community Church, originally the Ward Congregational Church (1890s), 41 Modoc Street (NR), a clapboard Carpenter's Gothic charmer with its wavy bargeboard and rose window. The Switzerland Trail's Ward Depot is now the Ward Store and Cafe, and the former Ward School (1898), 1 Columbia Street (NR), is now the Town Hall. The Modoc Mill (c. 1890), next to Duck Lake, 4 miles north of Ward (NR), is one of the best surviving examples of a stamp mill, where thirty large lead and metal stamps once pulverized gold ores. In 1988 it was rehabilitated as a private residence.
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