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Marysville, accessible by a 6-mile paved road branching off SR 279 northwest of Helena, is a semi-ghost town. Today scattered buildings on a grid of mostly unpaved streets offer faint echoes of the town’s halcyon days. Located at the head of a ravine below the Continental Divide, gold was discovered here in 1870, and in the 1880s and early 1890s, this was Montana’s richest gold mining district. The camp was named for Mary Ralston, the area’s first pioneer woman.
At its peak the community boasted 4,000 residents, two railroad lines, 60 business establishments and two newspapers, but by the mid-1890s, the town began to decline. Fire devastated the commercial district in 1910, and the Northern Pacific Railroad abandoned its branch line in 1925.
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