Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society
Holds Annual Convention

GlendaleMT.com educates the attendees

On Friday, September 14, 2012, the Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society commenced with their annual convention in Dillon, Montana. Those in attendance registered for the event at the Beaverhead County Museum. GlendaleMT.com was asked to educate the crowd about the Bryant Mining District prior to the meeting of the board of directors. Ben Goody created a power point presentation which was verbally narrated by Vern Pomeroy. As the lights were dimmed, the crowd took their seats in the Old Depot Theatre located on the south end of the museum campus. The discovery of the ore, the history of communities, as well as the development of Hecla Consolidated Mining Company were discussed briefly in the one hour presentation. This gathering was used to inform the society members prior to their field trip on Sunday.

After spending the day in Bannack State Park on Saturday, the crowd gathered in Dillon on Sunday morning to travel to Glendale: the final destination of the long educational weekend. The twenty vehicles were met at Glendale Cemetery Road by Ben Goody, who led the group to view the cemetery. Once on site, the lives of many interred was discussed, as the party wandered through the headstones.

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Those attending the cemetery tour park on Trapper Cr. Rd

Camera like Henry Brown would have used at the Glendale cemetery

Using a camera like Henry Brown might have used, many of the headstones were capture on an 8 X 10 glass negative

 

After departing the cemetery, the decision was made to meet at the smokestack. While driving up Main Street, those present were able to stop and view the photos attached to the fence representing the building which once stood on the now vacant lot. The original company office was the backboard for many smelter images. The people roamed the street and their questions were answered. Before noon all left to attend a picnic which took place at the charcoal kilns on Canyon Creek, six miles from the smelter. For those with four wheel drives, they continued on to Coolidge while the rest backtracked to Melrose to return home.

Photos were posted to provide a visual aid for interested group.

Photos were posted to provide a visual aid for interested group.

 

The three day event was a chance for many of the members to see for themselves, the ruins of Glendale, a place written about in many history books. GlendaleMT.com was pleased to have been part of the festivities. Our research and documentation efforts were praised by several members. While there is not a huge amount that remains at Glendale, its rich and colorful history will remain for all to enjoy.

 

Photos were posted to provide a visual aid for interested group

Photos were posted to provide a visual aid for interested group.

Without doubt, this is the most cars parked in Glendale this century

Without doubt, this is the most cars parked in Glendale this century!

 

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