Elkhorn LbNA # 8059
|Placed Date||Apr 25 2004|
|Last Update||Aug 15 2010|
Elkhorn State Park preserves the remnants of an early Montana mining town. It can be reached from I-15 via exit # 164 or from I-90 via exit # 256. Both lead to MT 69. Between mile markers 31 & 32 on MT 69 about 4 1/2 miles south of Boulder is the turn off to Elkhorn. Cross the Boulder River & then turn right. At all the following junctions stay left. It is about 12 miles on good gravel road from MT 69 to Elkhorn. There is a Forest Service picnic area with outhouses at the south edge of town. Most of this area is private property. Please be respectful.
Clues to the letterboxes can be solved by reading the information signs around town & the Fish, Wildlife, & Parks brochure available at the Fraternity Hall.
Elkhorn Letterbox #1
These three minerals were taken from the mines in the Elkhorn area: 1 _ _ _, _ _ _ _ 2 _, _ 2 _ _
This was the only place in Elkhorn you could get a bath in the 1880's & 90's: Hoffman's _ _ 3 _ _ 3 _ _ _ _
This community building was built in 1880 but burned in 1912. 4 _ _ _ 4 _
This building served as the 1st doctor's office but is better known as the quarters for the mine's
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These two buildings now part of Elkhorn State Park housed social activities for Elkhorn residents.
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The first one of these was built before 1880 with a second built in 1884. The doctor's office was also used for this: _ _ _ 8 8 _
Surveying for the mining claims started here.
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From the center of the object you identified above, take a sighting of 160 degrees. You should see a trail going up the hill. Go about 90 paces from the object up the hill to a flat rock in the trail. Now look left & sight 60 degrees on your compass. 18 steps in that direction should take you to a double trunked tree. Look behind the tree under a rock for Elkhorn letterbox #1.
Elkhorn letterbox #2
Above & east of the town site lies a place of rest. Look there for something shared by two young sisters. From this landmark go 56 paces at 30 degrees; crossing a set of tire tracks to a small grove of a dozen trees. At the base of the furthest tree under duff & prostrate juniper you'll find Elkhorn letterbox #2.