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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Jefferson County, Montana

 
Clickable Map of Jefferson County, Montana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Jefferson County, MT (19) Broadwater County, MT (11) Deer Lodge County, MT (53) Gallatin County, MT (129) Lewis and Clark County, MT (156) Madison County, MT (125) Powell County, MT (51) Silver Bow County, MT (169)  JeffersonCounty(19) Jefferson County (19)  BroadwaterCounty(11) Broadwater County (11)  DeerLodgeCounty(53) Deer Lodge County (53)  GallatinCounty(129) Gallatin County (129)  LewisandClarkCounty(156) Lewis and Clark County (156)  MadisonCounty(125) Madison County (125)  PowellCounty(51) Powell County (51)  SilverBowCounty(169) Silver Bow County (169)
Boulder is the county seat for Jefferson County
Adjacent to Jefferson County, Montana
      Broadwater County (11)  
      Deer Lodge County (53)  
      Gallatin County (129)  
      Lewis and Clark County (156)  
      Madison County (125)  
      Powell County (51)  
      Silver Bow County (169)  
 
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1Montana, Jefferson County, Basin — Jib Mill
The Hope, Katy and White Elephant mines behind this sign were once part of the most productive mining enterprise in the history of the Basin. The Hope and Katy lodes produced $5,000,000 of ore between 1890 and 1910. On April 20, 1895, the Blast . . . Map (db m186124) HM
2Montana, Jefferson County, Basin — Mining Country
This is about the center of a rich mining district extending from Butte to Helena. The mountains are spurs of the Continental Divide. Ghost and active mining camps are to be found in almost every gulch. The ores yield old, silver, copper , lead . . . Map (db m186119) HM
3Montana, Jefferson County, Boulder — Boulder Hot Springs
For centuries Native Americans have been coming to these pure, flowing hot water springs for rest and healing. Legend tells that they called this area Peace Valley. They agreed to lay down their weapons when they sojourned here, believing that the . . . Map (db m186201) HM
4Montana, Jefferson County, Boulder — Boulder Hot Springs
Originally this site, now named Boulder Hot Springs, was known only to Nomadic Indians during yearly mountain crossings. The waters bubble out of the mountains just south of here at temperatures ranging from 120 to 182 degrees and are known . . . Map (db m186245) HM
5Montana, Jefferson County, Boulder — Jefferson County Courthouse
In 1888, Jefferson County voters passed a $40,000 bond issue to build a permanent courthouse. Flourishing gold and silver mines and the advent of the railroad meant the county would see its population quadruple between 1870 and 1890, and there . . . Map (db m186193) HM
6Montana, Jefferson County, Boulder — Montana State School
Montana pledged its commitment to children with disabilities in 1887 when Territorial Governor Preston Leslie requested funds for a Montana Deaf and Dumb Asylum. Its title, although shocking by today’s standards, reflects accepted nineteenth-century . . . Map (db m186195) HM
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7Montana, Jefferson County, Boulder — The Boulder River Bridge
The trusses on this structure were salvaged from the "Hubbard" or "Red" Bridge. The original structure was built by the Gillette-Herzog Manufacturing Company in 1899. The company was one of several Minnesota-based bridge construction firms active in . . . Map (db m186202) HM
8Montana, Jefferson County, Cardwell — Bighorns no More?
On August 1st, 1805, William Clark celebrated his 35th birthday by shooting a bighorn sheep as he passed through the Jefferson River Canyon. When the Corps of Discovery explored this area, bighorn sheep were common here. Later in the century . . . Map (db m141644) HM
9Montana, Jefferson County, Cardwell — LaHood Park
In August 1840, Pierre Jean De Smet, a Catholic missionary of Belgian birth, camped near the mouth of the Boulder River with the Salish Indians and celebrated the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Father De Smet left the Indians soon after to go to St. . . . Map (db m128362) HM
10Montana, Jefferson County, Cardwell — Lean Times AheadIndians and Game both Scarce
Today as you travel in Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park you are likely to see mule deer, signs of elk and perhaps a black bear. This terrain was suitable for wildlife but when Lewis and Clark passed here in 1805 and 1806, these potential food . . . Map (db m141648) HM
11Montana, Jefferson County, Cardwell — Lewis & Clark Expedition
On August 1, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at a point 200 yards west from this spot on the south bank of the river facing the mouth of the creek which flows into the river from the north. Meriwether Lewis and three others, on a . . . Map (db m128371) HM
12Montana, Jefferson County, Cardwell — Lewis and Clark Caverns Entrance Building
This is the former site of the Lewis and Clark Caverns Park Entrance Building, a simple A-frame which welcomed visitors to the park for over fifty years. In 1939, park management began plans to build a greeting center and caretaker residence . . . Map (db m141650) HM
13Montana, Jefferson County, Jefferson City — Elkhorn Mountain Volcanoesand the Boulder Batholith
The story of the Elkhorn Mountains Volcanics and the Boulder Batholith is the short of how molten magma or melted rock rising up through the crust of the earth just kept coming and coming and coming - from about 81 to about 74 million years ago. . . . Map (db m186551) HM
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14Montana, Jefferson County, Jefferson City — Freighters
Time was when ox and mule teams used to freight along this route. A five-ton truck doesn't look as picturesque but there hasn't been much change in the language of the drivers. bar Jerk-line skinners were plumb fluent when addressing their teams. . . . Map (db m186274) HM
15Montana, Jefferson County, Montana City — The Prickly Pear Diggings
The Fisk or Northern Overland Expedition camped at the future site of Montana City just east of I-15 in 1862. The outfit, consisting of 125 emigrants, left Minnesota in June, 1862, under the leadership of Capt. James Fisk for the purpose of opening . . . Map (db m186275) HM
16Montana, Jefferson County, Whitehall — A New World: Tertiary Mammals
Between the time dinosaurs went went extinct 65 million years ago, and the beginning of the Ice Age, some 2 million years ago, is a time called the Age of Mammals. During this period of time the western third of Montana experienced a variety of . . . Map (db m141642) HM
17Montana, Jefferson County, Whitehall — American Legion Fish Pond
Authorized by the town council in 1922, the fish pond was designed and built by American Legion commander, Edwin C. Speck. He received $195.40 for labor and materials. The rocks on the center pyramid are all donated local ore samples. A dough boy . . . Map (db m193058) HM WM
18Montana, Jefferson County, Whitehall — Modern Hotel
Newlyweds Lot and Hilda Borden arrived in Whitehall early in 1900, and for the next seventy years, their business contributed to the local economy. At first, Lot ran a saloon and Hilda a cafe. The Bordens built the east portion of the present . . . Map (db m193009) HM
19Montana, Jefferson County, Whitehall — The Great Divide TrophyHow Montana Became Montana Without the Great Divide Between the Bobcats and the Grizzlies — Path of the Continental Divide in Montana —
Montana was part of Idaho Territory in 1863. In 1864 when the Idaho Territorial Legislature agreed to a separate Montana Territory, its members wanted the boundary to be the Continental Divide. When the separation bill was proposed in Congress, . . . Map (db m91535) HM
 
 
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Feb. 4, 2023