This collection contains audio recordings detailing the history and current state of Montana ghost towns. The recordings were narrated and produced circa 1975 by Terrence McGlynn, Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montana College of Mineral Sciences and Technology (Montana Tech) in Butte, Montana. McGlynn and several faculty and students from the college discuss the origins of, economic activity, important people, and the present state of well-known Montana ghost towns. This project was funded by Montana’s Department of Health, Education and Welfare and coordinated through the Center for Continuing Education and Summer Programs at the University of Montana. The original recordings are held as Oral History collection OH 038 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 6 interviews.
Terrence McGlynn, Dick Maney, and Joe Boyle
Professor Terrence McGlynn narrates this episode about the Montana ghost towns of Elkhorn, Granite, and Marysville. Student Dick Maney talks about Elkhorn and the different types of ore people mined for and explains that the town was named Elkhorn because large herds of elk used ... Read More
Audio recording of Terrence McGlynn, Dr. Dennis Haley, Dr. Charles Wideman, and Dave Edelman, circa 1975
Terrence McGlynn, Dennis Haley, Charles Wideman, and Dave Edelman
Professor Terrence McGlynn narrates this episode about the Montana ghost towns of Pioneer, Rimini, and Red Lion. Dr. Dennis Haley talks about the remains of Pioneer, Montana, which consist of a dredge and old tailings. He explains that the town was built around gold mining ... Read More
Terrence McGlynn, Elaine Hardy, Jack Goebel, and Marlys Hansen
Professor Terrence McGlynn narrates this episode about the Montana ghost towns of Castle, Neihart, and Landusky. Student Elaine Hardy recalls Castle’s population boom in 1891, which resulted from the areas led and silver deposits, and note that there are very few remains of the town. ... Read More
Terrence McGlynn, George Lubick, and Rick Gleason
Professor Terrence McGlynn narrates this episode about the Montana ghost towns of Highland and Pony. Student George Lubick explains that of the 300 building that once existed in Highland, only a few remain. He discusses the town’s history and significant people such as Jonny Kern ... Read More
Terrence McGlynn, John Beatty, and Dave Edelman
Terrence McGlynn, John Beatty, Dave Edelman, and an unknown individuals take turns discussing some of Montana’s lesser-known ghost towns. They talk about the history of Black Pine, which used to be a mining camp about 12 miles outside of Philipsburg, Montana. They explain that this ... Read More
Terrence McGlynn, Leo Maney, and Bill Black
Professor Terrence McGlynn narrates this episode about the Montana ghost towns of Virginia City and Bannack, explaining that these towns were in the state’s richest mining district known as Alder Gulch. Leo Maney discusses Virginia City and the outlaw group called The Innocents, headed by ... Read More