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 Posted: Mon Apr 4th, 2016 05:24 am
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Joined: Sun May 27th, 2012
Location: Missoula, Montana USA
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So am I herb, if the snow is gone this weekend should prove to be eventful.  From Google Maps I couldn't see if there was a pathway up the mountain to the old ore bin, but since it's National Forest I can probably just walk up the hill right beside the remains of the old ore chute.

I also figured out that if you look close at the photos of the mill, there was eventually a second tunnel drilled, this time headed horizontally through the mountain. 

Here is the image taken when the train was still in use:

At the very top you can see the trestle and then the chute heading down the mountain to the mill.  That small tower on top of the mill is later used by a narrow gauge mining cart system after the claim was leased following closure of the original mine.  This is evidenced by the other photos of the mill, and were likely taken after the turn of the century:

In this photo you can clearly see that the tower is missing it's large chute, and a new trestle has been built that would have ran to the new tunnel.  Overall that means the train only ran for the 8 years or so that the original mine was open.  It would be nice to figure out where the locomotive and the mining carts went... maybe still on the mountain somewhere?

Who knows, I'll have to find out on Saturday.

Anyways, to add on I recently bought a book that contains information and photos of Pardee as well as neighboring Superior, Keystone and Louisville.  The book is called "Ghost Towns of Montana, A Classic tour Through the Treasure State's Historical Sites".  Author is Donald C. Miller.  ISBN # is: 978-0-7627-4517-3

Here's a link to the book on Amazon:  Ghost Towns of Montana

The Book is 163 pages long and includes both obscure towns, like Pardee, and known ghost towns such as Bannack, Elkhorn, and Virginia City.  I'll have to do a review on it later.


James W.

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