Elkhorn, Montana


Elkhorn Details

Status: Ghost Town

Date Settled: 1875

Current Population: A few

Peak Population: ~ 2,500

Elevation: 7,470 Feet (2,277 meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Lead

State: Montana

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Elkhorn Description

In 1868 the first mine was started in the Elkhorns. A.M. Holter, A Virginia City pioneer started the Elkhorn Mine in 1875. By February of 1888 the mine was producing $30,000 worth of ore monthly.

As the mine developed during the 1870's the town of Elkhorn grew up around it. As many as 2,500 people lived in the town of Elkhorn during the 1880's. During this time period up to 1,500 mules worked the mines and 500 woodsmen cut timber for the mines.

By 1900 the Elkhorn Mine had produced 8,902,000 ounces of silver and 8,500 ounces of gold and more than 4 million pounds of lead.

Elkhorn's boom days ended in 1892 when the price of silver fell. Over time the population of Elkhorn fell to what you see here today.

Text from a sign in town

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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