On May 26, 1863 a group of men (Barney Hughes, Thomas Cover, Henry Rodgers, Henry Edgar, William Fairweather, Bill Sweeney and others) were on their way back to Bannack, Montana, scene of a gold discovery the year before. After being diverted from their route by a band of Crow Indians, the men camped at Elk Park.
While the others were away from the camp, Edgar and Fairweather discovered gold. According to legend, they had spotted a piece of bedrock and hoped to find enough gold to purchase some tobacco in Bannack. What they actually found turned out to be one of the richest deposits of gold ever found in the United States.
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