Helena owes its existence to the discovery of placer gold, quartz gold, silver, and lead. Helena..Billings Information
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Once a thriving gold camp, Marysville now a small community with several buildings listed on the National Register. There is more to see here than in most ghost towns. The town is not quite deserted, and some mining still goes on, but it's nothing like the rip-roaring period when Irishman Tommy Cruse's magnificent Drumlummon Mine poured out $50 million. The saloon still has original fixtures. During the 1880s and 1890s Marysville appears to have been the leading gold producer in the country. Other mines which produced handsomely included the Bald Mountain, Empire, West Belmont, Bell Boy, Penobscot, and Shannon. Tommy Cruse sold his mine for $1,500,000 to an English syndicate. Cruse moved to Helena and helped build the cathedral, founded a bank, but he was still unhappy. Tommy then bought the Bald Mountain and the West Belmont mines near Marysville and was once again happy. Most of the mines are located on private land. Many of the mines can be found on the Helena National Forest maps. Enjoy a unique, one-of-a-kind atmosphere in a historic ghost town while eating dinner next to a cozy fire at the Marysville House, which specializes in steak and seafood. Afterwards play a game of horseshoes and roast marshmallows around the bonfire.Great Divide is a tremendous mountain with more than 130 named trails on 1,600 acres of terrain. Lower mountain fun for everyone with a free beginner's tow, a big terrain park, snowmaking and night lights on nicely groomed runs. The upper mountain features classic slopes and trails on the Main Mountain. Huge open expanses, cornices and cliffs in Rawhide Gulch, and new-school backcountry-type terrain in the Wild West Adventure Area.