Near Bonner in Missoula County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Sand Park Cemetery
Who was Frank Hamilton?
You're invited to walk across the road and spend a quiet moment at their graves. We can only surmise that these men died far from family in their quest for gold. They rest close to the source of their dreams of wealth, here in the heart of the Garnet Mountains.
They Hailed From Coloma
The nearby ghost town of Coloma (1895-1908) once hustled with fortune seekers, including some of the miners who rest in this cemetery. They probably bought grub at the company store and took a turn or two in one of Coloma's saloons.
"Frank Hamilton died last Tuesday and was buried in the Coloma Cemetery on Thursday, under the auspices of the Garnet Miners Union. Deceased was about 35 years of age, but nothing is known of his antecedents, further than that. He was born in Colorado, presumably at Canon City."
- Drummond Call, Friday, October 6, 1905
Remnants like this
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
Location. 46° 50.025′ N, 113° 23.017′ W. Marker is near Bonner, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is on Garnet Range Road 7.4 miles south of Montana Highway 200, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bonner MT 59823, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madison Limestone and the Garnet Mountains (approx. 8.6 miles away); Rattler Gulch Limestone Cliffs ACEC (approx. 10.3 miles away); A Vast Network of Indigenous Trails. (approx. 11.7 miles away); Big Blackfoot Milling Company (approx. 11.7 miles away); Souvenirs of the Ice Age (approx. 11.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Remote graveyards offer glimpse into western Montana's gold mining past. A newspaper article from The Missoulian (May 26, 2013) that discusses the Sand Park Cemetery and answers the question, "Who was Frank Hamilton?". (Submitted on January 28, 2014.)
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