Near Garrison in Powell County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
First Discovery of Gold in Montana
It was also near here in September, 1883, that Northern Pacific Railway president Henry Villard drove the last spike on the nation’s second trans-continental railroad. In addition to hundreds of spectators, the gala event was attended by company officials, President Ulysses S. Grant and Captain John Mullan, who constructed a road along the river in 1860.
Location. 46° 35.138′ N, 112° 54.395′ Touch for map. Marker is located at Gold Creek Westbound Rest Area on I-90 westbound lanes between Exits 170 and 166. Marker can only be accessed from the westbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Garrison MT 59731, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winter of 1886 (approx. 14.7 miles away); 1959 Riot (approx. 15.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is located at the west end of the car parking lot in the rest area.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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