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Beaverhead County Montana

Beaverhead County Montana has probably produced more than 370,000 ounces of gold, but much of it was not recorded. In 1862 the first major placer was discovered in Beaverhead County and it started a gold rush to Montana.


The Argenta district is located 12 miles northwest of Dillon and had a total production of 65,350 ounces of gold. In Rattlesnake, French and Watson Creeks, in the stream gravels and bench deposits you can find placer gold. The area mines were discovered in 1865 and produced lode and placer gold.

Bald Mountain

In the Bald Mountain area, which is 20 miles west of Dillon and 7 miles west of Bannack, the area placers were worked in 1869 and on occasion since.


Bannack district and ghost town is 22 miles southwest of Dillon and was the first territorial capital. It had a total production of 240,000 ounces of gold. 108,400 ounces of that total came from lode mines. Along Grasshopper Creek, the best known early day placer workings can be found. They were worked on a large scale in 1862. All tributary creeks and benches in the area contain placer gold. There are many old lode mines along both sides of Grasshopper Creek.


The Big Hole, Dark Horse and Mulchy Gulch placers are intermittently worked since 1862. They are located 45 miles east of Dillon.


Southeast of Brenner 6 miles at Horse Prairie, in Colorado Gulch you can find some placer gravels that contain gold.


Northwest of Dillon, in Frying Pan Basin, in area creeks and bench gravels you can find some placer gold. This area was worked in the 1930's. Also along Camp Creek, the creek gravels contain gold.


West of Melrose 12 miles, in the northeast part of the county, is the Bryant district. It had a total production of 17,440 ounces of gold. The area bas metal mines produce a by product of gold. In all the streams in the area you can find placer gold.


East of Monida, there are numerous north flowing creeks that contain gold.


West of Wisdom 14 miles, along Pioneer Creek you can find placer gold.

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