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Argenta--A Montana Ghost Town

Argenta (formerly the town of Montana) was the site of the first silver-lead mine in Montana, The Legal Tender. It once had a population of over 1,500. Granville Stuart, in speaking of Argenta wrote, "The wealth of the Rothchilds is as nothing compared to the riches which lie concealed in the bowels of the Rattlesnake hills awaiting the coming of the enchanters with their wands (in the shape of greenbacks), to bring forth these treasures." In 1866, the St. Louis and Montana Mining Company funded and built the first smelter in the Montana Territory here. The only remnants of this town are mine shafts, slag heaps, some abandoned mine structures, and several private residences.

Excerpted from "The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia".

Copyright © 2003 Michael Dougherty. Use of this material for radio and television programs, printed media, webcasting, and any other source of mass dissemination is prohibited without permission of the publisher.

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