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Lost Creek State Park

To get there drive 1.5 miles east of Anaconda on Montana 1, then 2 miles north on Secondary 273, then 6 miles west. The drive through this park takes you through a narrow 3,000 ft. deep canyon. The road is narrow and winding and not friendly to large trailers. In fact, several stretches of the road are single lane only. Lost Creek Falls cascade over a 50 foot drop to provide one of the most scenic and popular spots in the park. Mountain goats, bighorn sheep and other wildlife are frequently seen on the cliffs above the creek. Interpretive displays, camping, picnic area, fishing, trails, and disabled access (toilet) are available here.

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

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On This Date in Montana: September 27, 1870

Henry Comstock, nicknamed "Old Pancake" was said to have enough badness in him for three men. Lazy and conniving, he was making a meager living in 1859 mining for gold in western Nevada. When two naive Irish immigrants made a strike, Old Pancake showed up, said that the land was his (it wasn’t), and demanded partnerships for himself and a friend if he were to allow the Irishmen to continue digging.

The odd-looking gold that came from the claim was soon discovered to be mostly silver. Comstock was a loudmouth and talked about "his" discovery and "his" claim so much that it became known as the Comstock Lode. The four prospectors sold out to a developer, and Comstock received $11,000 for his share. As was typical of the times, none of the discoverers held onto an interest in the mine that was to become the single greatest mineral strike in history, producing 400 million dollars in precious metals. The developers who took over the claim became phenomenally wealthy; many of the great American fortunes were founded with revenues from the mines in the Comstock Lode. Comstock quickly spent his money. Drifting and demented, he ended up in Bozeman where he lived in a shack just off the east end of Main Street. Dead broke and lonely, on September 27, 1870 he committed suicide by shooting himself in Bozeman where his gravemarker can be seen today.

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

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