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Near Dillon in Beaverhead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's

 
 
Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
1. Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker
Inscription.  Interstate 15 is the latest in a series of roads that have traversed this area since prehistory. Although used for generations by Native Americans, the first recorded use of this route was by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on August 10, 1805. They named cliffs to the north of here after the scores of rattlesnakes they encountered on their trip upriver. With the discovery of gold at nearby Grasshopper Creek and Alder Gulch in the early 1860s, thousands of people came to southwest Montana to mine gold and to "mine the miners." The road originated in Corinne, Utah and traversed a series of high plateaus and narrow canyons on its way north to southwestern Montana. The road was the best route into the territory for the freighters who supplied the mining camps. Drawn by teams of mules or oxen, each wagon carried up to 12,000 pounds of freight. The trip from Utah typically took three weeks and a freighting outfit could usually make three or four round trips each year. South of here near Dell, the Montana-Utah Road branched into three separate trails that lead to Bannack/Deer Lodge, Virginia City and Helena. This section of the road terminated at Helena.
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With the arrival of the Utah & Northern Railroad in 1880, the Montana-Utah Road became obsolete. In the 1920s, however, it again became an important travel corridor as U.S. Highway 91 and, in the early 1960s, as Interstate 15.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 45° 7.542′ N, 112° 44.826′ W. Marker is near Dillon, Montana, in Beaverhead County. Marker is on Interstate 15 at milepost 55 near Rebich Lane when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dillon MT 59725, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bannack (a few steps from this marker); Southern Gateway Marker (approx. 0.4 miles away); Martin Barrett House (approx. 7.8 miles away); Medicine Tree (approx. 8.2 miles away); Hotel Andrus (approx. 8.3 miles away); Lewis and Clark Pathfinder Tribute (approx. 8.3 miles away); Dillon's Founding (approx. 8.3 miles away); Dillon Implement Company (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dillon.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at a roadside pullout on Southbound Interstate 25, south of the Rebich Lane exit.
 
Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
2. Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker
Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
3. Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker
The marker is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 696 times since then and 111 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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