Bassick Silver Mine. Photo: Plazak
Hidden south of Mount Tyndall, Querida is a former mining camp and company town. The name is Spanish for “beloved”.
There are several original structures around town, including the ruins of the Bassick mill, a collasped mine shaft and a few old homes.
Also known as Bassick City after its founder E. C. Bassick, Querida was founded to serve the surrounding mines. The most popular of which was Bassick Mine.
In its heyday in the 1880s it had more than 500 residents, but by 1906 the town was abandoned. Mining resumed briefly from 1917 to 1920, and a post office opened under the name Bassick.
Take Highway 96 5.5 east from Silver Cliff, then south on County Road 341 for 1.2 miles until you reach the town site. From town you can continue on Tyndall St for 2.1 miles to the ghost town of Rosita.
Address: County Rd 341, Custer County
Season: Year round (summer is best)