The Big Sandy Mountaineer -

The Ruby Gulch Mine and Mill


July 12, 2017

Ben Phillips, the Phillips County sheepman and Charles (Pop) Whitcomb found rich gold deposits up Ruby Gulch, just west of Zortman, Montana. They built a mine and mill and a town for workers to live in called Whitcomb on the side of the steep gulch leading to a pass from one side of the Little Rockies to the other.

They made a great deal of money but needed other investors so McNamara and Marlow of Big Sandy invested in the mill and mine and made a lot of money there too long before the turn of the century.

McNamara and Marlow knew that the mine and mill were worth a great deal of money s...

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