Marysville in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
A Booming Little Place
Marysville owes its existence to the nearby Drumlummon Mine developed by a
determined miner named Tommy Cruse. The British-owned Montana Mining Company
acquired the mine in 1883. Expansion of Drumlummon operations, including a large
ore processing mill, brought miners, their families, and businesses to the adjacent camp called Marysville. Soon substantial wood-frame and brick buildings replaced the old camp's log shacks. Within a few years Marysville consisted of genteel residences surrounding a vibrant commercial district. Along with grocery stores, hotels, mercantiles and restaurants, Marysville included churches, a variety of fraternal societies, an orchestra, and a substantial schoolhouse. A brewery and 27 saloons satisfied the town's earthier needs. One writer predicted in 1892 that "within a dozen years Helena will only be a suburb of Marysville.” It was not to be. By 1895, a severe national depression and the mining company's legal woes drifted Marysville into a slow decline. A fire devastated the commercial district in 1910 and the Northern Pacific Railway abandoned its line to Marysville in 1925 as the ore, and business, played
By Doreen Thomson
1. A Booming Little Place Marker
out. While not quite the "Denver of the North,” the town endures and is proud of its heritage.
Thomas H. Rutter (photo courtesy of the Denver Public Library), 1887
2. Marysville, MT.
"Frame commercial buildings and frame or log houses in Marysville (Lewis and Clark County), Montana. Shows mine buildings with smokestacks and tree stumps on hillsides."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 46° 44.903′ N, 112° 17.984′ W. Marker is in Marysville, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Street and Grand Street, on the right when traveling west on 1st Street. The marker is on 1st Street which is the short street before Marysville Road becomes Belmont Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marysville MT 59640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marysville, Montana (here, next to this marker); The Frenchwoman's Road (approx. 12.9 miles away); The Mullan Road (approx. 13.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is well kept and fully visible from the road.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2020, by Doreen Thomson of Calgary, Alberta Canada. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on August 19, 2020, by Doreen Thomson of Calgary, Alberta Canada. Photos: 1. submitted on August 9, 2020, by Doreen Thomson of Calgary, Alberta Canada. 2. submitted on August 9, 2020. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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