During the summer of 2017, we visited a few cabins and mills in Montana. We covered a lot of ground and, while tiring, it was a great trip! I was a bit surprised about how many mill ruins are left. This one, the Forest Rose, is almost completely ruined, but
I couldn’t find much history on this spot. Only that it was worked in 1907 for silver, lead, zinc, and some copper. Reportedly it was an underground hydraulic operation to wash ore out of the vein. That must have been something to see. On the surface, you can see
Some years ago, I hiked up an old forest road to a mining camp that sits along the shore of a small glacial lake. It was a pretty neat find, nearly a dozen cabins in various states of collapse remain. A fallen mill sits just below the mine. The Lakeshore
The Algonquin is an old mine. It was one of the earliest mines in Montana’s Philipsburg district. By 1877, it was being worked by a 10-stamp mill for silver with minor amounts of gold. The mill proved inefficient and a new 20-stamp mill was soon installed. Reportedly, there was
Over the summer of 2015, we visited the fantastic ghost town of Bannack, Montana, which has been well preserved and turned into a state park. It is similar to Bodie State Historical Park but with fewer buildings. Still, ghost towns remaining from the gold rush days are rare and this
There isn’t much left at this old silver mill also known as the Moorelight. I had a fun time climbing around and through the broken timbers. The mill did custom work and once supported a cross-cut adit connected to a deep shaft. The adit is caved these days.
In 1872, William “Billy” Spurr and James Bryant discovered the Trapper lode high in a cirque on Lion Mountain. News of the silver strike spread and soon other miners staked claims all over the mountainside. The barren slope got its name when a prospector thought he saw a mountain lion