I dont know. I used to go there when I was a kid and I know it is still there. Hunters go there and hunt deer in the area and thats how i heard of it. I once dug into one of the walls and found newspaper clippings that were over fifty years old.
The town is now posted by the current property owner, Tinton Enterprises. They are a commercial mining operation.
The town was initially a gold mining town, but the deposits played out. The current mining operation is going after something even more valuable than gold, Tantalum. Tantalum is a refractory metal, that is practically chemically inert, and is also used in components of nuclear weapons.
Those willing to make the effort to visit Tinton will be rewarded with the ghost town that probably has the most houses and other buildings in the Hills. A trip to Tinton is through some wild country and through several other ghost towns on the way. It is a typical company mining town, and most of the houses are still standing along with a number of other larger buildings including the big miners hall, the post office, and a store with the Black Hills Tin Company name over it. A number of different companies appear to have owned the town at one time or another including The Boston Tin Company, The American Tin Plate Company, The Tinton Company, The Tinton Reduction Company and others. The town is a ghost town photographer's paradise. The best way to reach it is to drive about 6 miles west from Iron Creek in Spearfish Canyon. Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.
Early 1930's Tinton had a sawmill after the mine closed down. Also was a two room school and a general store. One of the teachers' names was Miss Wamsley. The school housed eight grades. There were two boys in the eighth grade at the time our family was there; one boy named Carl and the other was Edward. From our family Merle, Chuck, Florence and John (myself) Wells attended school here. We lived eight miles from the school on the old Huffmaster place which was a loghouse with a log barn at the time. We traveled to school in a buggy during the autumn and a bobsled in winter drawn by horse. There had been times of up to six feet of snow on the roads we had to travel on with the sled. There were people by named of Joselyn that lived there and they had a daughter named Virginia. She also had a brother. One of the school teachers boyfriends was named Charlie.There also was an old man that lived there that found the largest nugget ever found in the Black Hills. His name was Potato Gulch Johnny.
In the very back of spearfish canyon in south Dakota lies Tinton- a mining town that supposedly it's main street lies on the sd-wy border
About 10 - 12 buildings visible from the road.