Weaver & Shorthill of Huntingdon Co. PA

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Weaver & Shorthill of Huntingdon Co. PA  - i r s t 13 judgment or who one pension if a of...
i r s t 13 judgment or who one pension if a of by the R. Urazilian of the Helena l T. T«E STORY OE HOW COEO WAS DISCOVERED IN THE YELLOWSTONE IS TOLD The discovery of gold In paying quantities in tho Yellowstone wns due to tree- men, David R. Shorthill, Shorthill, David B. Weaver and Frank Garrett. Shorthill and Weaver had left Iowa in tho spring of 186'1 for tho gold fields of the northwest. Shorthill had had some experience In mining In Colorado, but the olhers were "greenhorns." They crossed the Missouri at Omaha and traveled tho long rond up the Platto to Tort Laramle, where they Joined a larger party and planned to go over the newly made Bozeman Bozeman trail to Montana. They Traveled 'orth The wagon brigade then traveled north, crossing the Powder river, the Tongue river and on August reached the Big Horn, where they first found "colors" or fine gold. They decided to go on, however, came to the Yellowstone on August 14. The party here began to up and the men went to different places. On August 27, Shorthill Weaver arrived at Emigrant gulch, about 40 miles south of the present town of Livingston. Hero were many miners washing gold but little success. Operations had been started by Thomas Curry, who come over from Alder gulch and number of men from a party by Jim Brldgor and joined the stampede. Shorthill and Weaver decided to prospect to find the source of gold supply. They took with them Frank Garrett, who was mining the neighborhood. For a time their efforts were futile but finally, on August 30, they found coarse gold that yielded Jl to the pnn. They af once mapped out tho district and sent for their friends. There was a stampede to the region region and for two months the were busy washing gold. Then weather ended work in the sluice boxes. The whole camp moved the valley to where Yellowstone City was getting Us start. The winter was cold and living conditions were Hard. Supplies scarce and flonv sold Jov $28 a hundred ill gold, or twice as In greenbacks. Coffee was a dollar a pound anil tobacco $6 a pound. Game, however, was p l e n t i f meat was the principal article of food. With the return ol summer, supplies came In and work In the mines was resumed. During the next two years probably $50,000 gold was taken from the gulch then the mine was exhausted. miners l e f t and Yellowstone s but a row of tumbledown

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  1. The Independent-Record,
  2. 10 Jun 1929, Mon,
  3. Page 6

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