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The Montana Freemason is an official publication of        About the Cover
the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
of Montana and is provided by the Montana Masonic                These altar jewels were used by the Helena area
Foundation, Inc. Unless otherwise noted, articles in this      Lodges until March 1998, when they were placed on
publication express only the private opinion or assertion      long term loan to the Montana Masonic Museum. The
of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect the official     jewels were handcrafted from precious metals mined
position of the Grand Lodge. The jurisdiction speaks only      in the Helena area from the following mining sites:
through the Grand Master and the Executive Board when
attested to as official, in writing, by the Grand Secretary.

   The Editorial staff invites contributions in the form
of informative articles, reports, news and other timely
information (of about 350 to 1000 words in length) that
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                                                              Gold: Radersburg and Jackson Creek

                                                              Silver: Elkhorn, Mont Red Works and the

   Please direct all articles and correspondence to:            Montana has a rich mining history,and has produced
   Reid Gardiner, Editor                                      17,752,000 ounces of gold and it is ranked seventh
   The Montana Freemason Magazine                             among the gold producing states by the US Geological
   PO Box 1158                                                Survey. Montana is historically the second-greatest
   Helena, MT 59624-1158
   (406) 442-7774                                             source of silver in the United States most of it                              coming from Butte. Mining began in Montana in the
   Articles submitted should be typed, double spaced
and spell checked. Articles are subject to editing and        1850s, when traders for the Hudson’s Bay Company
Peer Review. No compensation is permitted for any             discovered gold near present-day Deer Lodge. Little
article or photographs, or other materials submitted          came of these early diggings but the territory continued
for publication. All photographs must be identified
as to who took the photo and the names of the                 to attract hopefuls and the first big strike took place
individuals who may appear in the photo. E-mail all           near Bannack in 1862. In the next two years, gold was
photos and articles to the address above.                     discovered at Virginia City and Last Chance Gulch

                                                              in the heart of present day Helena. Followed by the
                                                              claim on the Drumlummon mine which gave birth to

                                                              the town of Marysville and one of the first rich mines

                                                              in Montana. West of Toston, on the east side of the
                                                              Elkhorn Mountains is the Radersburg district which

                                                              included placer gold found at the Keating Mine, Johnny
                                                              Gulch, Golden Sunlight mine, Confederate Gulch and
                                                              the Radersburg lode mine.

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