Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Dillon in Beaverhead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's

 
 
Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
1. Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker
Inscription. Interstate 15 is the latest in a series of roads that have traversed this area since prehistory. Although used for generations by Native Americans, the first recorded use of this route was by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on August 10, 1805. They named cliffs to the north of here after the scores of rattlesnakes they encountered on their trip upriver. With the discovery of gold at nearby Grasshopper Creek and Alder Gulch in the early 1860s, thousands of people came to southwest Montana to mine gold and to "mine the miners." The road originated in Corinne, Utah and traversed a series of high plateaus and narrow canyons on its way north to southwestern Montana. The road was the best route into the territory for the freighters who supplied the mining camps. Drawn by teams of mules or oxen, each wagon carried up to 12,000 pounds of freight. The trip from Utah typically took three weeks and a freighting outfit could usually make three or four round trips each year. South of here near Dell, the Montana-Utah Road branched into three separate trails that lead to Bannack/Deer Lodge, Virginia City and Helena. This section of the road terminated at Helena. With the arrival of the Utah & Northern Railroad in 1880, the Montana-Utah Road became obsolete. In the 1920s, however, it again became an important travel corridor as U.S. Highway 91 and, in
Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
2. Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker
the early 1960s, as Interstate 15.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 45° 7.542′ N, 112° 44.826′ W. Marker is near Dillon, Montana, in Beaverhead County. Marker is on Interstate 15 at milepost 55 near Rebich Lane when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dillon MT 59725, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bannack (a few steps from this marker in Idaho); Sacajawea (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. 11.1 miles away); Fortunate Camp (approx. 11.1 miles away); "it was mutually advantageous..." (approx. 11.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at a roadside pullout on Southbound Interstate 25, south of the Rebich Lane exit.
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
3. Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's Marker
The marker is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
Paid Advertisement