Quarts Hill and Vipond

In 1868, John Vipond discovered gold in the area. Although possessing relative rich ore, the remoteness and elevation conspired to prevent much development in the Quartz Hill area. Prospectors developed a number of mines including the Lone Pine, the Queen of the Hills, and the Faithful, and in the 1870s even constructed a 10 stamp mill, but the area never produced as expected, and eventually died out.

The Vipond Park/Quartz Hill mining district covers the area west of the ghost town of Glendale. A few derelict houses, parts of foundations and hearths, and the remnants of mine shafts are all that remain of the once thriving mining settlements around Vipond Park. Vipond Park itself - a large grassy meadow - is well known for its displays of spring wildflowers.

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  • Dillon Ranger Station
  • 420 Barrett St.
  • Dillon, MT 59725
  • Phone: 406-683-3900

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