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The town of Topaz was built in the late 1800’s on the upper North Fork, only about 6-8 miles below the highest put-in point for a float trip. During the 1940’s-1950’s Topaz became a Ghost Town. Even in the mid 1960’s when I did the river charting, it was not inhabited. Today it appears there are a few people living in the valley again. The Mill and Store are in great shape and the old large spring and spillway are once gain working.