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

Granite Mountain Mining Company Office

 
 
Granite Mountain Mining Company Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
1. Granite Mountain Mining Company Office Marker
Inscription. This two-story building, constructed in about 1885, was one of the first structures in Granite, and housed the brick vault that is seen here. The mining office handled the payroll for the men who worked at the Ruby Shaft and the two mills on the hill across the road to your north. Newspapers articles of the day told of men being paid entirely in silver coins, and of merchants threatening to burn any paper money they encountered.
The first three Superintendents of the Granite Mountain works were Charles D. Mclure, Frank L. Perkins and Captain John L. Plummer. The first dividend from the mine was paid shortly after Mr. Plummer became Superintendent in 1885. Later, Superintendent Thomas Weir had a 16-foot by 16-foot hot water plunge, drying room and reading room built for the workers of the Ruby Shaft Mine. This helped prevent miners from contracting pneumonia caused by leaving the mine in wet work clothes.
Just to the right (north) of the brick vault is a large shallow hole that was the site of the Buskett Mercantile Co. General Store. This was a major business in Granite, owned by the Granite Mountain Mining Company.
 
Location. 46° 19.045′ N, 113° 14.728′ W. Marker is near Philipsburg, Montana, in Granite County. Marker can be reached from Contract
Granite Mountain Mining Company Office ruins image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
2. Granite Mountain Mining Company Office ruins
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 Broadway. 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 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Superintendentís House (about 500 feet away); Granite Ghost Town (about 700 feet away); Ruby Shaft (about 700 feet away); Miner's Union Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bi-Metallic Aerial Tramway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morse Hall (approx. 2.4 miles away); Weinstein Building (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philipsburg.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
 
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 414 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on November 18, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement