“Silver Queen City”
From 1889 to 1893, Superintendent Thomas Weir lived in this house. A capable manager, Weir did much to improve living and working conditions for the miners. Sweat soaked miners would emerge from the 1,000 ft shaft into winter’s bitter cold, prime candidates for pneumonia. Without antibiotics, the death rate was high. Weir built a “drying house” and a hospital, had bunkhouses cleaned and fumigated, and gave his men one day off a week and good wages--$3.50 a day.
“Silver Queen City”
The Granite Mountain Lode claim was recorded in 1875, and in 1879 a piece of high-grade “ruby” silver was found. With financial backing from St. Louis investors, exploration efforts increased,
In 1892, 3,200 people lived in Granite, with another 2,000 or so at the mills nearby. Repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, which had guaranteed government purchase of silver resulted in the Silver Panic of 1893. Mines and mills closed and 3,000 people left in 24 hours. The mines later reopened but never again held the distinction they once had. The last of Granite’s residents left in the 1930s
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
Location. 46° 18.97′ N, 113° 14.762′ W. Marker is near Philipsburg, Montana, in Granite County. Marker is on Magnolia Street. Granite is located approx. 4 miles from Philipsburg, out the dirt/gravel Granite Mountain Road. Inquire at the Pintler Ranger Station or locally. Follow the signs to Granite. Park in the parking lot, it
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Granite Mountain Mining Company Office (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mill A and B (about 600 feet away); Granite Ghost Town (about 600 feet away); Ruby Shaft (about 600 feet away); Miner's Union Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bi-Metallic Aerial Tramway (approx. ¼ mile away); Morse Hall (approx. 2.4 miles away); Weinstein Building (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philipsburg.
1. Pony Express Messenger
Marker refers to the Pony Express messenger in 1882. The Pony Express ceased operation in 1861.
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