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Near Basin in Jefferson County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Mining Country

 
 
Mining Country Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 14, 2021
1. Mining Country Marker
Inscription.  This is about the center of a rich mining district extending from Butte to Helena. The mountains are spurs of the Continental Divide.
Ghost and active mining camps are to be found in almost every gulch. The ores yield old, silver, copper , lead and zinc. The district has been productive since quarter mining came into favor following the first wave of placer mining in the 60s. In those days placer deposits were the poor man's El Dorados. They needed little more than a grub stake, a pick and shovel to work them. Quartz properties, seldom rich at the surface, required machinery and capital, transportation and smelting facilities.

 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources.
 
Location. 46° 16.322′ N, 112° 14.975′ W. Marker is near Basin, Montana, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Earth Angel Road (Basin Street) near Cataract Creek Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Basin MT 59631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 6 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jib Mill (approx. one mile away); Jefferson County Courthouse (approx. 6.6 miles away); Montana State School (approx. 7 miles away); The Boulder River Bridge (approx. 8.6 miles away); Boulder Hot Springs (approx. 8.9 miles away); a different marker also named Boulder Hot Springs (approx. 8.9 miles away).
 
Mining Country Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 14, 2021
2. Mining Country Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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