Old Montana Prison
Forcing their way into the administration building, the rioting inmates shot and killed Deputy Warren Ted Rothe and then took 19 prison employees and 5 inmates (stool pigeons) as hostages. The inmates threatened to burn the hostages alive if any attempt was made to rescue them.
In a daring rescue plan formed by Warden Floyd Powell, National Guardsmen fired a bazooka at the northwest tower of the cell house headquartered. The blast stunned the inmates long enough for a rescue team to free the hostages. Myles and Smart were found dead in the third floor of the tower, apparently a double suicide.
Although the riot drew attention to the numerous problems within the prison, it would be another twenty years before the old prison was closed down.
If you look at the cell house tower, you can still see the damage caused by the bazooka shell fired during the rescue attempt.
Erected by Old Prison Museums.
Location. 46° 23.56′ N, 112° 44.158′ W. Marker is in Deer Lodge Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1106 Main Street, Deer Lodge MT 59722, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winter of 1886 (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Valley of a Thousand Haystacks (approx. 14.2 miles away); First Discovery of Gold in Montana (approx. 15.6 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 6, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.