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Glendale, Montana Ghost Town of the Month

The Glendale ghost town is located in Beaverhead, MT. There are still historians who are undecided on how Glendale got its name. Some accounts mention Clifton being the alternate name to Glendale. The fate of the town name came down to the luck of the toss. Clifton was written on one side of a wood chip and Glendale on the other. The chip was thrown over the assay wall landing with the Glendale side up.

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For 20 years it processed silver ores from the mines of the Hecla Mining Company which were located a few miles to the west. It was once a thriving smelter town with rail connections to Salt Lake City. Glendale grew to its peak population of about 2000 in 1878. The town housed a water works system and fire protection. A school was eventually built that could handle 200 students. Glendale probably produced between $18,000,000 and $22,000,000 worth of ore in about twenty years.

In 1875 a 40 ton lead smelter was built at Glendale to process silver and lead production from the local mines. Kilns on nearby Canyon Creek provided over one million bushels of charcoal that was used annually.
Mill ruins and other buildings still stand. The remains of coke ovens that supplied the smelter are located a few miles north of Glendale.

In 1875 a 40 ton smelter was built at Glendale to process silver and lead production from the local mines. Kilns on nearby Canyon Creek provided over one million bushels of charcoal that was used annually.

There is a dirt road through town that goes by the old school building and four houses. These homes house the ten residents of this once bustling town.

 

 

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