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

⚜︎ Kendall and K Bar M ⚜︎

 
 
⚜︎ Kendall and K Bar M ⚜︎ Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2020
1. ⚜︎ Kendall and K Bar M ⚜︎ Marker
Inscription.  Sleeping between the slopes of the North Moccasin Mountains is Kendall. Once a flourishing community when millions of dollars in gold was mined. It is deserted but with one unique feature. It is the only ghost town in the world that belongs to the Boy Scouts of America. Kendall, being more recent than some Montana ghost towns, 1899-1920, still has considerable physical evidence of the town that once was. The Scouts have pledged their efforts to preserve this.
The K Bar M Scout Ranch is comprised of 489 acres deeded to the Montana Council by pioneer resident Glenn Morton, the estate of Margharite McLean, the Munski brothers, Bill, Joe & Stan and the Methodist Church. The name K Bar M originated with "K" standing for Kendall and "M" a reminder of the four gifts of land. Scouts first sed the townsite in 1968. Today the little ghost town comes to life again and again as Boy Scouts camp in its shadows.

⚜︎ K Bar M Scout Ranch 6 - miles ⚜︎

 
Erected by Boy Scouts of America.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers
⚜︎ Kendall and K Bar M ⚜︎ Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2020
2. ⚜︎ Kendall and K Bar M ⚜︎ Marker
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Location. 47° 15.324′ N, 109° 21.644′ W. Marker is near Hilger, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is at the intersection of Winifred Road (State Highway 236) and North Kendall Road, on the right when traveling south on Winifred Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hilger MT 59451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Queen of the Judith Basin (approx. 4.3 miles away); Reed and Bowles Stockade Trading Post (approx. 9.9 miles away); Lewistown (approx. 12.9 miles away); Statue of Liberty (approx. 13 miles away); Viet Nam Service Appreciation Memorial (approx. 13 miles away); LGM-30A Minuteman I (approx. 13 miles away); 240 mm Howitzer M1 (approx. 13 miles away); 108 Hawthorne Avenue (approx. 13 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Kendall, Montana -- Western Mining History. Placer and lode gold were discovered in the North Moccasin Mountains in the early 1880s. Placer production was only modest and the lode gold was too low grade to be successfully treated with available processes. In 1899, Harry Kendall, having some experience with the new cyanide gold recovery process, built a small cyanide plant and commenced milling ore mined from the surface. (Submitted on December 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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