Ghost Town Wednesday: Washoe, Montana

washoe_mt1The land in Carbon County, Montana which eventually grew into this company mining town was purchased in 1903 by Fred and Annie Bartels.  Carbon County had been created out of portions of Park and Yellowstone Counties in 1895, and so named for the rich coal deposits in the area.

In 1906 the Anaconda Copper Company purchased the land which was situated at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains near the headwaters of the Bearcreek river.  Although I couldn’t locate an exact map location of Washoe, I assume it lies somewhere between Bearcreek (town) and Red Lodge.

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  1. I’d heard in the 60 s that the fire would smolder forever

  2. I found a cool pick from the 20’s today that has WASHOE stamped on it. Thanks for the info.


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