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What a wonderful discovery. My mother was born in Hecla and I'm gathering information about the area for other family members.

Added: March 3, 2014
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Great site! I recently found this page and discovered the historical photos and diagrams of the Hecla mine. Very very cool. After seeing the area in person it's amazing to see how much mining equipment was there at one time. What a beautiful location to visit.

Added: January 29, 2014
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4 Feb 1866, Uncle Ike wrote (in part):

I am wintering twelve miles from Bannock City on Rattle Snake Creek. December was cold. Fifty degrees below zero was the coldest. January has been a very pleasant month. The snow softened and went off, considerable.

There is hundreds frozen this Winter. A great many froze to death three weeks ago. There was the greatest stampede that has ever been in this Territory to some new mines discovered down the Missoura (sic), opposite the mouth of the Sun River. We had a very severe snow storm about the time. The report here is that hundreds of them frozen.


Added: December 10, 2013
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I toured this area last weekend and the History of this area is endless. I hope more young people take an interest in this History or it may become lost forever.

Added: September 5, 2013
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this was a great sight. George Conway was my great-great grandfather. :D

Added: August 17, 2013
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wonderful website full of information I have looked for at Butte and Anaconda. My wife and I will be in Montana in September and October 2013, hope to find more family info then thanks a great resource

Added: August 10, 2013
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Note to Administrator: After further reviewing your site, I compared some of my old photographs and discovered I have copies of some you have posted (Glendale especially). If there is a place I could try to copy mine and e-mail/mail some I have various others and one from Lyons city. One photograph has the following miners names on the reverse of their photograph: 1) "Dommyano" 2) Nels Dieson 3) Big John Lawstrom 4) Frank Lawstrom 5)"Fontini" 6) "Argone" 7) Pete Hansen. Thank you for the great site and information.

Added: August 15, 2012
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My grandfather left Norway in abt. 1888 and settled in the Meaderville/Butte area. He worked in the mines in both Meaderville and Butte. My grandmother arrived a couple years later with two of her sisters from Norway. She married my grandfather in 1892. They had 8 children (6 survived) and moved to Seattle in abt, 1922/1923. I have a few very old photographs of my grandfather with a few friends from the mines they worked in (in 1890's). Also, photographs of some of the ore wagons pulled by horses and one photo of the smelter there in Meaderville. Grandfather's name in Norway was "Braaten" but changed upon arrival in America. Both he and my grandmother were from the Oslo area.

Added: August 15, 2012
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Interesting site. Great photographs.

Added: July 11, 2012
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What a great site. :) :o

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Added: March 30, 2012
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