aka Deadwood


This district is that portion of the Oro Fino District which lies in Powell County, the primary part of the district is to the south in Deer Lodge County. However, little or no mining occurred north of the county line. For a more complete discussion of the district, see Oro Fino - 48.


No discussion of the Oro Fino district in Powell County appears in any historic mining literature. There is no Oro Fino district shown in any of the AMRB maps in Powell County.


The Montana Bureau of Mines vertical files put the Champion Mine and the Dry Cottonwood placers of the Oro Fino district in Powell County. However, all other sources place these mines in Deer Lodge County. For discussion of Oro Fino mines see the Deer Lodge County discussion of the Oro Fino district.


Abandoned Mine Reclamation Bureau (AMRB)

1994 Mining districts of Montana. Maps 1:100,000 and Map #94-NRIS-129. Compiled and edited by Joel Chavez. Prepared by Montana State Library Natural Resource Information System (NRIS) for Montana Department of State Lands. Helena

Hogan, Joseph and Jacob Oliver

1891 Third Annual Report of Inspector of Mines, for the fiscal year 1891, Journal Publishing Company, Helena.

1892 Fourth Annual Report of Inspector of Mines, for the fiscal year 1892, Printers & Binders, Helena.

Pardee, Joseph Thomas and F. C. Schrader

1933 "Metalliferous Deposits of the Greater Helena Mining Region, Montana", U. S. Geological Survey Bulletin #842, reprint of article in Mining Truth, Vol. 14, No. 10.

Pratt, Joseph Hyde

1906 "Corundum and its Occurrence and Distribution in the United States," U. S. Geological Survey, Bulletin 269.

Swallow, G. C., J. B. Trevarthen and Jacob Oliver

1891 Reports of Inspectors of Mines, State of Montana, year ending November 30th, 1890. Journal Publishing Company, Helena.

Figure 1. The AMRB (1994) map showing the Powell County Oro Fino district.