Cooke City

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Northeast of Yellowstone National Park, between precipitous mountains along Soda Butte Creek, lies the old mining town of Cooke City. Ramshackle buildings of yesteryear and scars of exploitation still remain, quietly telling stories about this quaint community. When Adam "Horn" Miller picked up a piece of rich galena ore in the vicinity of the Clark's Fork drainage, it was destined to play an important part in the mining and development of the area. Early explorers, prospectors, and settlers were thwarted by Indians, rugged mountains without roads, and winters in the high country. Until 1877, most of the work was prospecting, then smelters were built. A railroad was expected but never materialized, so only marginal profits were made in mining. The area's scenic wonders, however, are Cooke City's true wealth.
ISBN: 9780738575841
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Montana
Series: Images of America
Images: 214
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Linda L. Holland of Park County, whose family's Cooke City roots go back to the 1880s, has assembled these vintage images from the collection of longtime resident and mining stalwart Margaret Reeb. They tell the story of the rugged pioneers who discovered the area in 1870 and established Cooke City and the New World Mining District before the country to the west became Yellowstone National Park.
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