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Belt in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

"East Belt" Ventilation Fan

 
 
"East Belt" Ventilation Fan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
1. "East Belt" Ventilation Fan Marker
Inscription.  The town of Belt owes its existence to the coal mines located here in the 1890's. In those days the pop. was 4,000. The Anaconda mine, seen here, employed 1,000 men and produced 2,500 tons of coal daily.
The bituminous coal went to the Anaconda smelters in Great Falls and fueled the Great Northern R.R. The coal boom ended during the 1920's; smaller "wagon mines" continued production into the 1950's.
This ventilation fan was among those used in the major mines. This one is from the "East Belt".
 
Location. 47° 23.249′ N, 110° 55.66′ W. Marker is in Belt, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker is at the intersection of Castner Street (State Road 331) and Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north on Castner Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Castner Street, Belt MT 59412, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belt Commercial Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Belt Jail (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mountains, Belt Butte, and the Great Falls Coal Field
"East Belt" Ventilation Fan and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
2. "East Belt" Ventilation Fan and Marker
(approx. 3 miles away); Steamboats, Bull Whackers, and Fish Trains (approx. 12.2 miles away); Formation of the Gorge and Falls (approx. 15.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is in The Little Park.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 18, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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