The Zortman - Landusky Area

Zortman, Montana

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The little towns of Zortman and Landusky grew up in the early 1900s around the Ruby Mine, at one time the second largest producer of gold in Montana. You can try your hand at panning for gold here and also get an enlightened perspective on the environmental costs of mining. The gold-mining companies that once thrived here, but are not currently in operation, used a cyanide-leaching method of mining in which cyanide is poured over rocks containing gold flakes. The cyanide leaches out the small flecks of gold, but the waste water from the process contaminates both the creeks and groundwater. If you explore the area near the town of Landusky you will see beautiful, clear streams with signs warning visitors not to drink or get in the water. You can also see how the mine has eaten up the mountain. It’s an easy place to explore and you will find interesting rock formations in these pretty mountains. This eTrail provides detailed information on family-friendly things to do.
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Family Fun in Montana

by Chris Boyd (Falcon Guides)

The little towns of Zortman and Landusky grew up in the early 1900s around the Ruby Mine, at one time the second largest producer of gold in Montana. You can try your hand at panning for gold here and also get an enlightened perspective on the environmental costs of mining. The gold-mining companies that once thrived here, but are not currently in operation, used a cyanide-leaching method of mining in which cyanide is poured over rocks containing gold flakes.

The cyanide leaches out the small flecks of gold, but the waste water from the process contaminates both the creeks and groundwater. If you explore the area near the town of Landusky you will see beautiful, clear streams with signs warning visitors not to drink or get in the water. You can also see how the mine has eaten up the mountain. It’s an easy place to explore and you will find interesting rock formations in these pretty mountains. This eTrail provides detailed information on family-friendly things to do.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Zortman
Trail Type: Several options
Season: Year-round
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