Helena in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The Discovery at Last Chance Gulch
... while my partners dug some holes near the mouth of the gulch, I took pick, shovel and pan and made my way up stream looking for a bar on which to put down a hole. (It was) a fine still evening with the charm of treading the unknown and unexplored.... A tiny stream rippled under the banks.... I commenced a hole on the bar and put it down to bedrock, some six or seven feet. Taking a
The four miners employed the "Georgian method" of placer mining and this explains why they were known thereafter as "the Georgians." According to Stanley's description, the discovery site is today situated in the parking lot south of the Colwell Building. By 1869, successful placer mines at Last Chance and other local gulches collectively yielded nearly $18 million with of gold or $310 million in modern currency.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Natural Resources • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 46° 35.123′ N, 112° 2.461′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on South Last Chance Gulch near East Broadway Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 South Last Chance Gulch, Helena MT 59601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Uncle Sam's Block (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Helena (within shouting distance of this marker); California Wine House Earthquakes of 1935 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Broadwater Resort (about 300 feet away); Boston Block (about 300 feet away); Dunphy Block (about 400 feet away); Bluestone House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 4, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.