History

The historic breach of the Milltown Dam.

Historically, mine tailings, fine grained waste from ore processing, was "slurried" with water and dumped into Silver Bow Creek, the headwaters of the Clark Fork River.

Historically, mine tailings, fine grained waste from ore processing, was “slurried” with water and dumped into Silver Bow Creek, the headwaters of the Clark Fork River.

From the discovery of gold on Silver Bow Creek, the primary headwater creek for the Clark Fork River, in the 1860s, the Clark Fork River and surrounding ecosystems have been heavily impacted by mining and smelting. Use the Clark Fork Info > History menu above or the links below to explore the history and environment of western Montana, from traditional native history through the present-day restoration of the basin.

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