to the Official Mineral County Home Page. Mineral County is located
in Western Montana near Idaho between Missoula, Montana and Spokane Washington.
Mineral County is full of opportunity. The people are friendly and the climate is inviting. There are several
separate, but intertwined communities within the county: The West End
(Haugan, Saltese, DeBorgia), St. Regis, Superior and Alberton. The county
contains 1,223 square miles and a population of ~3,600. The majority of
the land surface is contained within the Lolo
National Forest and located through a narrow valley separated by the
Clark Fork and St. Regis Rivers. The Clark Fork River carries more water
than any other river in Montana. The entire county is heavily forested
with ponderosa pine (the state tree), lodge pole pine, fir, larch, white
pine and cedar. The area is high in minerals and contains many unpatented
mining claims. Mineral County became an independent county in 1914, with
Superior as the County seat, and boasts a lively history before and since.
It has hosted a gold rush, seen the building
of two transcontinental railroads, experienced the trauma
of the 1910 fire, and witnessed the destruction of several floods
of the St. Regis and Clark Fork Rivers, as well as being the home to many
Civilian Conservation Corps workers during the Great Depression. The historic
John Mullan Road was built here
in 1859-60 and the Yellowstone Trail in 1917.
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