Friday, September 11, 2009

The Drumlummon ...

Today's photo is an historic image of one of Montana's most legendary mines ... the Drumlummon, located at the great old ghost town of Marysville, in the mountains north of Helena. Discovered by a prospector named Tommy Cruse in 1876 and named for his hometown in Ireland, the mine produced silver and an estimated $50,000,000 worth of gold, most of it back in the 1880s.

Everything in this scene is long gone now, of course, but today a Canadian mining firm is spending millions in an attempt to reopen the mine. Apparently, there's a lot of valuable ore still down there.


  1. Oh! I drag everyone I'm in Helena with out to Marysville! Love it. Love the name "Drumlummon" too!

  2. Yep, I love both the town and that great Irish name! (I keep looking at it on this webpage, and thinking it's misspelled ... it seems to have way too many m's in it. :-)