Judith Mountains in winter
|Elevation||6,428 ft (1,959 m)|
|Parent range||Rocky Mountains|
Judith Peak is the highest summit of this range, with an elevation of 6,428 feet.
To the southeast of Judith Peak lies the remains of Fort Maginnis. Fort Maginnis was built in 1880 to protect the cattle ranches, the gold mining camps in and around the Judith Mountains and the Carroll Trail. The fort was constructed following the battle of the Little Bighorn.
Mining and geology
The geology of the range includes limestone, sandstone, and siltstone of Cambrian to Cretaceous age which were intruded by alkaline intrusives of monzonite, syenite to tinguaite composition of Cretaceous to Tertiary age. Epithermal gold and silver veins are found along the intrusive contacts.
The mountains were the center of gold and silver mining in the 1800s and current exploration continues. The old mining camps of Maiden and Gilt Edge were built during the mining boom in the 1880s and 1890s.
- Mountains U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Judith Mountains
- The Building of Fort Maginnis, Lewistown News-Argus, Sunday, December 14, 1997
- Fort MaGinnis on Wikimapia
- Judith/Moccasin Mountain Collaboration Cultural Resource Management Zane Fulbright February 21, 2008
- Bindi, Luca, Lenaite from the Gies Gold–Silver Telluride Deposit, Judith Mountains, Montana, USA; The Canadian Mineralogist, Vol. 44, pp. 207-212 (2006)
- Gies Mine (Red Metal Claim group; Gies Mine; Elk Peak project; Bertha claim group), Cone Butte Sub District, Warm Spring District (Gilt Edge District; Gold Hill District; Maiden District), Fergus Co., Montana, USA
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