Mouat Lake Camp
|#26 Mouat Lake Camp looking up Mouat Ave. Mess house at right and store at left in foreground. Old construction mess hall which will be torn down. Covered incline walk to mine rear. January 14, 1943.
|Date scanned: 2001-06-27.
|Related photographs: NMHFM-382, NMHFM-385, NMHFM-386, NMHFM-391, NMHFM-392, NMHFM-399, NMHFM-401, NMHFM-402, NMHFM-403, NMHFM-412, NMHFM-420, NMHFM-423.
|Unmounted; text on verso.
|Held in the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
|The image shows the mess hall and housing at the company town of Lake Camp (Mouat Lake Camp) at the Mouat Mine. The covered walkway in the background provided shelter for miners walking to and from the Mine. Chromium ore was discovered at the Stillwater Complex in the 1880s in what is now Stillwater County, Montana. Some mining was done, but the area was more thoroughly explored during World War I when Bill Mouat began development of the chromite mines. After the war, mining ceased with the collapse of the chromium market. At the start of World War II the US government arranged with the Anaconda Copper Mining Company to open the mines, including the Mouat Mine in the Nye mining district, on a non-profit basis. The Company built roads and mills to process the ore, and a mining camp near the Mouat Mine site. The chromium mining boom ended with the availability of cheaper chromium ores from overseas, but mining in the area continued intermittently into the 1960s.
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