Additional Information and Resources for Chapter 6
More on Vigilantes/Vigilantism
Gold Silver and Coal Oh My!: Mining Montana's Wealth from the
Montana Historical Society. This trunk chronicles the discoveries that
drew people to Montana in the late nineteenth century and examines how
the mining industry developed and declined.
East Meets West: The Chinese Experience in Montana from the
Montana Historical Society. This trunk chronicles the lives of the Chinese who
came to Montana, the customs that they brought with them to America,
how they contributed to Montana communities, and why they left.
Bannack Mining from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. This trunk
covers hard rock and placer mining through activities and artifacts
depicting the gold mining history in Bannack.
Websites and Online Lesson Plans
Girl from the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan is a highly a
readable memoir that details Mary Sheehan Ronan’s journey across the
Great Plains, her childhood on the Montana mining frontier, as well
as her later life on the Flathead Reservation as the wife of Indian
Agent Peter Ronan. The
Girl from the Gulches Study Guide includes lesson plans,
vocabulary, chapter summaries and questions, alignment to the Common
Core, and other information to facilitate this book's use in the
classroom. Book One, which contains Mary's memories about Bannack,
Virginia City, and Helena, is available to
as a PDF.
Created by Billings elementary school librarian Ruth Chandler Ferris,
Like a Historian: Using Digital Newspapers in the Classroom" is
a flexible lesson plan that introduces students to newspaper
research and the social history of gold-rush era Montana.
Find a lesson plan that involves panning for gold on page 35 of the
user guide for the "Gold, Silver and Coal" footlocker.
Montana: The Magazine of Western History created discussion
guides for articles in its autumn 1999 gold rush issue, including "No
Need to Rush: The Chinese, Placer Mining, and the Western Environment," by Liping Zhu.
It also created discussion guides for articles in its winter 1999
transportation issue, including "The
Steamboat and Stagecoach Era in Montana and the Northwest," by
Carlos Schwantes. In both cases, the articles' full text (but
not the pictures) are posted online.
Good background information on the Bozeman Trail is available through
Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association.
Montana PBS created several lessons, designed to accompany the
television series Frontier House, a reality television show that
brought modern families to Nevada City, Montana, to simulate life on
a nineteenth-century homestead. The lesson plans focus on westward
migration, homesteading, and daily life in the 1880s for white
settlers on the frontier.
"German Gulch" is a new website focused on the archaeological finds
from German Gulch, a 19th and early 20th century mining area near
Butte, Montana. The collection contains
some of the most significant Chinese artifacts recovered in Montana.
Look under "Education" for additional links to the history of
Videos or DVDs
Bannack: A Window in Time, Montana State Parks - 60 minutes.
From the Far East to the Old West: Chinese and Japanese Settlers in
Montana, Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs - 29 minutes.
Check your library. Copies of the video and study guide were
distributed free of charge to all Montana public schools.
Pauper's Dream: Tribute to the Montana Hard Rock Miner, Joseph
Campanella - 58 minutes.
Bannack State Park, 24 miles southwest of Dillon
World Museum of
Elkhorn State Park, near Boulder (Gravel road and high
elevation make Elkhorn difficult to access in the winter.)
Garnet, 30 miles east of Missoula
Granite State Park, near Philipsburg (Accessing this ghost
town requires high clearance vehicles.)
Helena (Use the booklet
Camp to Capital: Step into Helena's Past,
by Ellen Baumler et al, for a self-guided tour or arrange a tour with
Montana Historical Society interpretive historian
Hydraulic mining in Alder Gulch, M.T., ca. 1869-71,
photo by W. H. Jackson of the Hayden Survey, Montana Historical
Society Photo Archives, Mines and Mining
Walter S. Corwin, photo by E. H. Train, Helena,
Montana Historical Society Photo Archives, Mines and Mining
Indian Camp with Mt. Helena in the distance, ca.
1874, photo by Bundy & Train, Helena, Montana Historical Society
Photo Archives 953-370
Detail of photograph of Pioneer City, M.T., 1883,
photo by F. Jay Haynes, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives,
Haynes Foundation Coll. H-1098