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Near Lewistown in Fergus County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Queen of the Judith Basin

 
 
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
1. The Queen of the Judith Basin Marker
Inscription.  The old mining camp of Maiden, now a ghost town, is located about 10 miles east of here. She roared into existence in April 1880 when "Slookum Joe" Anderson, Frank McPartland, and Dave Jones discovered placer gold in the heart of the Judith Mountains. Jennie Connely named the camp after her daughter, called "Little Maiden" by the bullwhackers who brought them to the new mining camp.
At its height in 1884, over 1,500 people called Maiden home. The mining camp's narrow main street snaked through the gulch, leaving barely enough room on both sides for businesses and homes. In 1882, the camp boasted of several general merchandise stores, a meat market, hotel, restaurant, a clothing store, and eight saloons. Maiden boomed for five short years and then began a long slow decline that ended when a fire leveled the camp in 1905.
"Skookum Joe" and Dave Jones located the first hard rock mine, the War Eagle, high in the mountains above Maiden in 1881. Others soon followed, including the Spotted Horse, the Maginnis, and the Collar. Miners considered the ore "high grade" and found it in pockets throughout the mountain range. The Maiden area mines
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produced over $5 million in gold and sliver before mining ended their in the early twentieth century.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 47° 11.957′ N, 109° 23.954′ W. Marker is near Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 191 at milepost 10 and Maiden Road, on the left when traveling south on U.S. 191. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewistown MT 59457, 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. ⚜︎ Kendall and K Bar M ⚜︎ (approx. 4.3 miles away); Reed and Bowles Stockade Trading Post (approx. 5.6 miles away); Statue of Liberty (approx. 8.9 miles away); Viet Nam Service Appreciation Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away); LGM-30A Minuteman I (approx. 8.9 miles away); 108 Hawthorne Avenue (approx. 8.9 miles away); 240 mm Howitzer M1 (approx. 8.9 miles away); Lewistown (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
 
Also see . . .  Ghost Town Wednesday: Maiden, Montana -- Digging History. There are at least two theories as to how the mining town they founded got its name. One story
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
2. The Queen of the Judith Basin Marker
says that one of the early prospectors was named Maden and put up a sign calling the location “Camp Maden” – and later an “i” was added to make it Maiden. Another theory is that the town was named after a friend’s daughter who was referred to as “Little Maiden.”
(Submitted on December 17, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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Photographed By Western Mining History
3. Maiden, Montana
Maiden, Montana image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Western Mining History
4. Maiden, Montana
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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