Grant Canoy and Herb Sherburne Interview, September 19, 1997


Kelly Keim, Sarah Jaffe, and Cathy Luiken



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Grant Canoy discusses mining in the Little Belt Mountains of Montana, specifically the Yogo Peak district. He recalls old prospectors including Paul Vdovic. He describes homesteading, farming and sheepherding in the area, including Basque sheepherders. He returns to mining in discussing false mining rush at Alton about 1892, near Glacier National Park, and the consequences of that rush on the Blackfeet nation. Grant and Herb Sherburne discuss assessment work, “gold witching,” claim jumping, and sniping.


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Document Type

Oral History


Little Belt Mountains, Montana; Yogo Peak district, Little Belt Mountains; Prospectors, Montana; Gold mining, Montana; Homesteaders, Montana; Sheepherders, Montana; Farmers, Montana; Basque sheepherders, Montana; Paul Vdovic; Alton, Montana; Glacier National Park; Blackfeet Nation; Blackfeet Tribe; Claim jumping; Lewis and Clark National Forest

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Lewis and Clark National Forest Passport in Time Interviews, OH 365, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 365-015

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (04:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (34 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:14:40 minutes

Local Filename

OH_365_015.mp3; OH_365_015.pdf

Grant Canoy and Herb Sherburne Interview, September 19, 1997