Bear Creek Valley

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Memories of Montana's Bear Creek Valley flicker briefly to life each February on the anniversary of its darkest day. It is remembered as the site of Montana's worst coal mining accident, which claimed the lives of 75 miners, but the valley was so much more. For decades it was Montana's "coal basket," housing two towns, dozens of coal mines, and a population equaling that of neighboring Red Lodge. Businesses included a movie theater, dry goods store, grocery stores, hotels, hospitals, butchers, banks, bars, and union halls, all serving residents with pan-European origins. Its schools produced championship sports teams and community leaders. Gone, but not forgotten, Bear Creek Valley lives on in this book.
ISBN: 9780738570419
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Montana
Series: Images of America
Images: 185
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Local historian Jeff McNeish, lecturer and author of the three-volume The Smith Mine Disaster Chronicles, preserves the stories of this region in an ongoing labor of love stemming from over a century of family history in the area. The extraordinary vintage images in this book tell of an amazing place and time in Montana's history and are presented thanks to the efforts of the Carbon County Historical Society and like-minded individuals who refuse to let the memory of this remarkable place fade.
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