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Catalog Number 2006.044.0071
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description The Face of Aldridge, after 1905 — 1—Welcome’s Hall or Blue Hall, 2—Location where Buttrey's Store had been (moved 1900) 3—Doctor s house, 4—First Company Store, 5—Black Ditch, 6—Happy Hollow, 7—Aerial Tram to the Foster Mine, 8—The Shaft, 9^Washer Bunker Tipple 10—High Road from Divide, 11—Schoolhouse, 12—Hospital, 13—Off Picture Edge, Doby's Place and Sommerville Boarding House Location. - Ald. - p. 79

Located up behind the Devil's slide, the town of Aldridge lived the very active life of a mountain coal mining camp from 1895 until 1910. With a maximum population of 800. it supplied the coal for the "largest coke producing plant in the west." - 60mi p.39

Of Aldridge, Montana, where a wonderful grade of coking coal was mined, it was said that the only level place in town was the lake. The dump showed prominently below the washer, and the black ditch ran down the hill into the lake, making it devoid of fish until after the mines closed and hatchery fish were planted. - P.V. p.29
Photographer Bill Whithorn
Title The Face of Aldridge, after 1905
Collection Whithorn Collection