Clay Lewis Interview, March 4, 1994


Clay Lewis


Mary Hortsman



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Clay Lewis discusses moving to Montana during the Great Depression in order to mine for gold with a dredge line company. He describes his early mining experiences near Nine Mile, Montana, the equipment he used, and how the Depression affected the people in and around Nine Mile. Lewis also details how World War Two affected the Montana mining industry, mining operations that he worked on, and his experiences with the ‘mining culture.’ He describes many families and mining operations associated with abandoned cabins in the Nine Mile area and explains how gold varies from gulch to gulch before playing guitar and singing two songs.

Document Type

Oral History


Mining, Montana; Nine Mile, Montana; Dredge Line Company; Great Depression, 1929-1939; Mining culture; Mining, World War, 1939-1945; Gold; Singing; Music

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Unions and Labor Oral History Collection, 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 317-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:32:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_317_001.mp3; OH_317_001.pdf

Clay Lewis Interview, March 4, 1994