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Near Philipsburg in Granite County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Bi-Metallic Aerial Tramway

 
 
Bi-Metallic Aerial Tramway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
1. Bi-Metallic Aerial Tramway Marker
Inscription. The tramway was constructed in 1889 to carry ore from the Blaine Shaft in Granite to the Bi-Metallic Mill in Kirkville, near Philipsburg. The Bi-Metallic aerial tramway was 9750 feet long with a vertical drop of 1225 feet, and was the longest aerial tramway in the United States at that time. The tramline consisted of wooden tower with rollers and guides on the ends of both arms. These rollers supported a very large moving cable that the tram cars were attached to. The Granite Mountain Mining Company constructed a similar aerial tramway about the same time. This conveyance was 8750 feet long and carried ore from the Ruby Shaft in Granite to the Rumsey Mill (Mill C) to the east.
 
Location. 46° 18.899′ N, 113° 15.087′ W. Marker is near Philipsburg, Montana, in Granite County. Marker is on Granite Mountain Road. Click for map. Granite is located approx. 4 miles from Philipsburg, out the dirt/gravel Granite Mountain Road. Inquire at the Pintler Ranger Station or locally. Follow the signs to Granite. This marker is found on the right hand side of the road before reaching Granite. Marker is in this post office area: Philipsburg MT 59858, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miner's Union Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away);
A Fallen Bi-Metallic Aerial Tramway Tower image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
2. A Fallen Bi-Metallic Aerial Tramway Tower
Granite Ghost Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Superintendentís House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Granite Mountain Mining Company Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mill A and B (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ruby Shaft (approx. 0.4 miles away); Morse Hall (approx. 2.3 miles away); Weinstein Building (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philipsburg.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Rollers for the Aerial Tramway Line image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
3. Rollers for the Aerial Tramway Line
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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