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Near Philipsburg in Granite County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Ruby Shaft

 
 
Ruby Shaft Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
1. Ruby Shaft Marker
Inscription. Most of the ore that brought tremendous riches and fame to Granite was brought out of the Ruby Shaft, operated by the Granite Mountain Mining Company. Several tunnels outside the Ruby Shaft were also important in producing the silver (and some gold) ore that went to the mills and became ingots. The shaft work began in about 1880 when Mr. McIntyre was contracted to “sink a 50-foot shaft upon the ledge” in return for a one-quarter interest in the mine. The shaft that Mr. McIntyre sank, however, was one foot short. He decided not to finish the task and surrendered his share in the mine. This one-quarter share was eventually worth over $3,000,000 in dividends. In 1885, a new shaft, the Ruby Shaft, was started and was driven to a depth of 1550 feet. Soon several hundred miners were working three eight-hour shifts a day, six days a week.

The headframe of the Ruby Shaft, which has since fallen into the shaft, was contained in a building as shown. Power for the hoist was provided by steam engines that burned wood and coal. In the early years, ore was crushed in Mills A and B which were adjacent to the mine.

In 1888, the Granite Mountain Mining Company began construction of a large mill called the Rumsey Mill or Mill C in a valley to the east on Fred Burr Creek. The mill was completed in 1889 and was connected to the mining

The Ruby Shaft Headframe image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
2. The Ruby Shaft Headframe
complex by an 8750-foot aerial tramway.
 
Location. 46° 18.96′ N, 113° 14.62′ W. Marker is near Philipsburg, Montana, in Granite County. Marker is on Contract Mill Road. Touch for map. 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 is foot traffic only. A walking guide may be available. The marker is located on Granite Ghost Walk trail. Street names do not matter very much in Granite as they are all unsigned. Marker is in this post office area: Philipsburg MT 59858, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mill A and B (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Superintendentís House (about 600 feet away); Granite Mountain Mining Company Office (about 700 feet away); Granite Ghost Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miner's Union Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bi-Metallic Aerial Tramway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Morse Hall (approx. 2.6 miles away); Weinstein Building (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philipsburg.
 
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The Ruby Shaft image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
3. The Ruby Shaft
The Ruby Shaft image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
4. The Ruby Shaft
The Ruby Shaft image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
5. The Ruby Shaft
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 15, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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