Marysville, Montana

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Marysville, Montana
City Meat Market, 1889
City Meat Market, 1889
Coordinates: 46°45′02″N 112°18′01″W / 46.75056°N 112.30028°W / 46.75056; -112.30028Coordinates: 46°45′02″N 112°18′01″W / 46.75056°N 112.30028°W / 46.75056; -112.30028
Country United States
State Montana
County Lewis and Clark
Founded 1876
Area
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 5,413 ft (1,650 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 80
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)

Marysville is a small unincorporated community in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States. In the 1880s and '90s it was a bustling mining town of three thousand residents, and was the center of gold mining in Montana. The town was named by Thomas Cruse, mine owner, to honor Mary Ralston[1] the wife of a miner. A few buildings remain, including a baseball field with bleachers. The population now consists of a few local residents, most of whom commute to and work in nearby Helena.

Just up the dirt road is Great Divide Ski Area, while down the road is the defunct Silver City Saloon on Highway 279.

Mining revival[edit]

View of mines at Marysville, Montana, including the Maskelyne Tunnel (established 1883) of the Drumlummon Mine on a mammoth plate photograph by Carleton E. Watkins circa 1884-1890

In 2010, there were news reports stating that recent exploration of the richest gold mine in the area, the Drum Lummon Mine, has led to possible new discoveries. The lower levels of the Drum Lummon were allowed to flood when the mine was closed in 1904 during litigation. Sentiment in the town is mixed regarding possible resumption of extensive mining operations.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Conklin, Dave (2002). Montana History Weekends. Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press. p. 265. ISBN 0-7627-1161-2. 
  2. ^ "As a Near Ghost Town in Montana Watches, a Gold Mine Is Reborn" article by Kirk Johnson in The New York Times April 30, 2010

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