First Discovery of Gold in Montana

First Discovery of Gold in Montana (HM1D5O)

Location: Garrison, MT 59731 Powell County
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N 46° 35.138', W 112° 54.395'

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Opposite this point a creek flows into the Clark Fork River from the west. In 1852, a French mixed-blood named Francois "Benetsee," Finlay, prospected the creek for placer gold. Although he raised some color, Finlay was ill-equipped to take advantage of his discovery and the mine languished. Several years later, in 1858, brothers James and Granville Stuart, Reece Anderson and Thomas Adams, having heard of Finlay's discovery, prospected the creek. They found enough gold to convince them that there were rich placer mines in Montana. The creek was first called "Benetsee Creek" and afterwards became known as Gold Creek. Rumors of the strike reached disappointed "Pikes Peakers" as well as the backwash of prospectors from California and resulted in an era of prospecting that uncovered the famous placer deposits of Montana.

It was also near here in September, 1883, that Northern Pacific Railway president Henry Villard drove the last spike on the nation's second trans-continental railroad. In addition to hundreds of spectators, the gala event was attended by company officials, President Ulysses S. Grant and Captain John Mullan, who constructed a road along the river in 1860.
HM NumberHM1D5O
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 3:13am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 353935 N 5160884
Decimal Degrees46.58563333, -112.90658333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 35.138', W 112° 54.395'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 35' 8.28" N, 112° 54' 23.70" W
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Area Code(s)406
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 191-199 Old Hwy, Garrison MT 59731, US
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