2011 Mining History Association Field Trip


National Museum of Machinery and

Broadway-Victoria Mine, Silver Star, Montana

June 5, 2011

Tour Leader: Larry Hoffman


Lloyd Harkins spent a half-century collecting and organizing what he calls the National Museum of Machinery on a multi-acre site at Silver Star, Montana. It is one of the largest private collections of mining and farming machinery in the West. Visitors can explore the three huge warehouses and extensive grounds chock-full of artifacts representing all phases of Montana's mining heritage.

The historic Broadway-Victoria Mine is located a few miles west of Silver Star.  The extensive surface plant is slowly giving way to wind and weather. Nearby is the Madison Mine, a small active underground gold-copper operation.

 



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Sheave wheels on display at the National Museum of Machinery 

MHAers inspecting the outdoor display area. 

Shaft cages of various sizes for hoisting ore cars. 

Steam whistles from the Butte mines.  Note the whistle that sounded during the Speculator Mine fire. 

Artifacts from the Butte copper mines. 

Anaconda Copper Mining Company Central Heating Plant Car and Mine Fire Cars. 

Hoists, hoists, and more hoists of all sizes. 


Steam boilers in the outdoor display area.

 

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Photo Credits Johnny Johnsson


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