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Glendale, Montana

Updated October 29, 2011

Jacoby C.M. Lowney
Billings, MT 59102
United States

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The Bryant Mining District and the "Hecla Consolidated Mining Company" which was situated in the Pioneer Mountains of Southwest Montana. Glendale, Hecla, Lion City, Greenwood, Trapper City, and Melrose were all communities that sprang to life and was home to thousands of Miners and their families from the 1870s until around 1900. The Hecla Consolidated Mining Company and the mines were located much earlier than 1877 but the Company was officially formed under the laws of Indiana in 1877 by Noah Armstrong and Elias Atkins among others who were wealthy industrialists of that era. "Matthew Baird" of Baldwin Locomotive was also among the early founders of this Company. In 1881, Henry Knippenberg would arrive at the helm and assume day to day duties of General Manager and along with the arrival of the Utah Northern Railroad, would transform this young struggling company into a financial and profitable giant. The Company would pull millions of dollars worth of silver and lead from Lion Mountain and in 1900, the company and properties were no more. For the next couple decades, leasers would mine and process second class ore and would struggle to bring this mining site back to it's original glory but silver and lead were no longer in demand. The Hecla Mining Company Property had been abandoned. This area is now owned by the University of Mississippi and nothing is done today to mine ore. For more information and to see photos, please email me or call. I would love to share anything I have with you. Jacoby Lowney, 406-465-5667,

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