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Neihart in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Mining Legacy

 
 
The Mining Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2015
1. The Mining Legacy Marker
Inscription. The ore-extraction process also carries the legacy of pollution. In particular, tailings are leftovers from crushing and chemically treating ore to extract valuable metals such as silver. This fine-grained material, which has been found in isolated places in and near Neihart, contains a variety of metals that can be harmful to people and wildlife if exposure levels are high. Of more immediate concern is that the historic mine sites contain other hazards, such as open shafts, unstable adits, and derelict structures.

In September 2001, Neihart and the adjacent watersheds of Carpenter and Snow creeks were added to the federal Superfund priority list for cleanup funds.

Casade County and the town of Neihart, with assistance from the Montana department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, have minimized the pollution risks. However physical hazards still exist. Please respect these hazards and view the historic features of Neihart from a safe distance.

In a tribute to Montana’s mining origins, the state seal bears the motto, “oro y plata” - gold and silver. The arrival of the railroads to Montana in the late 19th century made possible the rise of industrial mining. The industrial revolution in the United States and Europe created a demand for Montana’s mineral resources.
Marker detail: Reclamation image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Reclamation
Top: The reclamation conducted at the historic Ball Mill near the Community Center in Neihart.

Bottom: Reclamation efforts to stabilize mine waste rock at the Star Mill (north end of Neihart) in 2004.


As a major producer of silver and lead, the small mining community of Neihart helped fuel economic development and growth in Montana and the nation. During the 1940’s, large quantities of lead and zinc were produced from Neihart's mines in support of the war effort.

picture captions:
• The re-engineered and reclaimed surface of the Belt Creek Tailings pile; this site lies just north of Neihart.
• Mill tailings and other mining wastes are buried throughout Neihart. Be careful where you dig!
• Block P Mining and tailings; Barker Hughsville, Montana
• A view from Silver Dyke Mine
 
Location. 46° 55.988′ N, 110° 44.138′ W. Marker is in Neihart, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 89) and East Granite Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in a small historical interpretive kiosk at the southwest corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Neihart MT 59465, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Neihart Mining District's Heyday (here, next to this marker); The Ace in the Hole (approx. 11.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker
Marker detail: Acid rock drainage pollution impacting a wetland area near Neihart image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Acid rock drainage pollution impacting a wetland area near Neihart
is a large, framed interpretive panel, mounted at eye-level in a wooden kiosk.
 
Categories. EnvironmentIndustry & CommerceNatural ResourcesWar, World II
 
Marker detail: Queen of the Hills mine ruins (left) image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Queen of the Hills mine ruins (left)
Left: The Queen of the Hills mine just north of Neihart.

Right: Metal-laden acid mine pollution typical of abandoned mines.
The Mining Legacy Marker (<i>wide view; Main Street in background on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2015
5. The Mining Legacy Marker (wide view; Main Street in background on left)
Neihart Mining District Interpretive Kiosk (<i>marker located on south side of kiosk</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2015
6. Neihart Mining District Interpretive Kiosk (marker located on south side of kiosk)
Backside of marker visible from this direction.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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