Towards the end of the century mining was largely replaced by farming and livestock. In the early 1890s a Portuguese settler named Antone Francisco settled on the land and the name ‘Antone’ was adopted by the town as a result of his influence. By that time it was home to a stage stop, general store, post office, blacksmith shop, school, and the old cemetery still standing today at Spanish Gulch.
The early 1900s saw the construction of sawmills as lumber demand for homes, barns, and schools increased. Lumbering and ranching continued for decades as the town went through economic decline.