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Cable Mine

Anaconda Montana

Listing Type: Ghost Town
City: Anaconda Montana
Region: Southwest Montana
406-563-3357



The ground at Cable Mine was so rich that a cigar box of samples assayed $1,000. The world's largest nugget was found here, bought by W.A. Clark for $19,000. This also is the site of the Old Atlantic Cable Mine.

Cable is made up of three cabins, a big barn with log sides and topped by a weather vane. Up the hill is a boarding house still complete with furniture in the upstairs bedrooms, a kitchen with a range, sink, and a couple of chairs, and worn wallpaper. Higher still stands the mill with firebricks, timbers, and an iron boiler inside. Outside was a big settling pond, tool sheds, and iron balls from a ball mill. The price of gold that was pulled from the claims was high, and rose as almost pure gold was mined.

The pioneers of Cable obtained the reputation as intelligent men, hard workers, and caring.

The old toll road from Warm Springs to Southern Cross and Granite used to run through this town. Men walked across or paid a five cent toll for a horse and buggy, more for teams and heavy wagons.

In the 1800's mining was irregular. In 1902 two brothers cleaned up the mine and obtained $18,000 from the first clean up. By 1906 three shifts a day were running in the mill. By 1940 the mine was inactive and has since remained that way.

Directions: The Cable Mine is located in the southwestern area of Montana. It is between Drummond and Anaconda ( The Pintler Scenic Route) on Highway 1 and I-90 between Drummond and Deer Lodge. It is east of Georgetown Lake on U.S. 10-A

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Cable Mine
, Anaconda, MT 59711

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