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Section 6

All Montana Area Codes are 406

with. Millie Baycroft and Karen Burtch are both Montana natives who know the area intimately. They will enthusiastically help you “blaze a trail to your dreams!”

M Montana Sage Realty

405 W Legion Ave in Whitehall. (office) 278-3707 or (home) 287-5628. MLS50.com/Montanasage.htm. mtsagerlty@mtweb.net

Whitehall is small-town Montana at it’s best. The nearby area is surrounded by some of the most magnificent mountains found anywhere and laced with several of the top trout streams in the world. The Saturday farmer’s market, or the horse activi- ties at the rodeo grounds are just some of the things that make this town so special. If you want a little piece of this area, Sharon Engle and her staff at Montana Sage Realty are great people to work with. Sharon is a Montana native who knows Montana. Between her and her six agents, there isn’t a property available that they don’t know of. And they can tell you the pro’s and con’s of each parcel, and the in’s and out’s of buying it. You dream it, they’ll find it.


H The Humbug Spires Primitive Area

I-15 S of Butte

Named for its unique granite peaks, this primitive area is part of a geologic system of large-scale volcanic

Butte—the richest hill on earth.


intrusions known as the Boulder Batholith, which extends north beyond Helena and south into Idaho.

Humbug Spires, which can be seen to the south- east, is part of the Highland Mountains. In 1866, rich gold placers were discovered near the Spires. Most of the mining occurred on the east and south sides of the area and produced large amounts of silve , lead, cop- pe , and gold. Total value of production between 1876 and 1947 is estimated to have been as much as $3 million. Although there currently (1999) is no mining in the Humbug Spires Primitive Area, prospecting is done on surrounding lands.

The Spires offer the finest high quality hard-rock climbing in Montana and are an excellent place to hike, ride horses, sightsee, fish, and hunt.

normal pile of rocks has a very unique characteris- tic. When tapped lightly with a hammer, the rocks chime. The main theory for this phenomena is that the ringing is a combination of the rock’s composition, and the joining patterns that have developed as the rocks have eroded. Remove a rock, no chime (please don’t try this). A nearby sign explains the phenomenon.

T Homestake Lake

I-90 Exit 233

This is a pleasant spot to picnic, swim and do a little fishing. From the exit go north for 1.5 miles to the right hand turn marked “Homestake Lake.”


H Meaderville I -15 near Butte

William Allison and G. O. Humphreys had the Butte hill, richest hill on earth, entirely to themselves when they located their first quartz claims there in 1864.

They discovered an abandoned prospect hole which had evidently been dug by unknown miners a number of years before. These mysterious prospectors had used elk horn tines for gads, and broken bits of these primi- tive tools were found around the shafts. Allison and Humphreys died, their property passed into other hands, and they never knew that they were the poten- tial owners of untold wealth.

H Butte

I -15 near Butte

The “greatest mining camp on earth” built on “the richest hill in the world.” That hill, which has pro- duced over two billion dollars worth of gold, silve , copper and zinc, is literally honeycombed with drifts, winzes and stopes that extend beneath the city. There are over 3,000 miles of workings, and shafts reach a depth of 4,000 feet.

T Ringing Rocks

On I-90 E of Butte take exit 241 (Pipestone). Go E on gravel road (parallels Interstate) approx 3/4 mi. Turn N on gravel road and cross railroad tracks. Continue N for approx 3 mi. High clearance vehicle recommended.

A remarkable geological formation can be found just a few miles off-road near Butte. The seemingly

This immediate country was opened as a placer district in 1864. Later Butte became a quartz min- ing camp and successively opened silve , copper and zinc deposits.

Butte has a most cosmopolitan population derived from the four corners of the world. She was a bold, unashamed, rootin, tootin’, hellroarin’ camp in days gone by and still drinks her liquor straight.


Food, Lodging

Butte Butte’s history is revealed in its skyline, the omnipresent black steel headframes, and the gap- ing hole in the earth known as Berkeley Pit. These are two of the more vivid reminders of a town that started as a mining camp and grew to a city of over 100,000 by 1917.

Before the gold rush of the 1860s brought prospectors and settlers to the area, Native Americans and fur traders frequented this semi- arid valley. When the placer ran out in 1867, the population of about 500 dwindled to around 240. It wasn’t long though before the potential for min- eral riches in the quartz deposits was recognized.

While the cost of smelting the complex cop- per-bearing ore was high, investors like William Andrews Clark and Andrew Jackson Davis began to develop Butte’s mines and erect mills to extract the silver and gold. The riches in the hills made Davis Montana’s first millionaire.

By 1876, Butte had become a prosperous sil- ver camp with over 1,000 inhabitants. Marcus Daly arrived that year representing the Walker brothers, entrepreneurs from Salt Lake City. His mission was to inspect the Alice Mine for possible purchase by the brothers. Daly purchased the

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