Clipped From Montana Standard-Post
Old mining camp considered as site for new slate park HELENA (UPI) - The Montana Fish and Game Commission Wednesday promised an inspection trip in the near future lo ihe old mining camp of Kendall near Lewistown to determine its future as a staet park. "You'll hear from us shortly," Zallcr E, Staves, Poison, commission chairman, told a Lewistown delegation. "The c o m- mission will make an inspection trip soon." Status of the early 20th Cen- fury mining camp 20 miles north of Lewislown appeared somewhat confused with transfer July 1 of the State Parks Division to jurisdiction of the Fish and Game Commission from the Slale Highway Commission. The highway commission in 1903 accepted the 122-acre town- site from co-owners Glenn Morton, Lewislown, and Margharite McLean, now of Portland, Ore., for development as a state park when funds were available. But Morion said Ihe deeds never were recorded and he paid the taxes lasl year of $76.88. "We con't expect the commission to come in and do a lot of high cost work," Morion said. He said Lewistown service club would he glad lo help clean up Hie area and develop some picnic sites. Morton said immediate needs were fencing which he estimated could be done for $700 in materials and labor by neighboring small ranchers who use the site as a common herd ground in exchange for grazing rights. He also said a plugged spring that lias filled the seven- foot basement of a ruined stone two-story former hotel should be corrected because it is a hazard, Morton said rural electric and rural telephone lines were within a mile of Ihe townsite and extension had been promised at the cost of service if the park is developed.