The Torrey Mountain mining district is in the heart of thePioneer Mountains in high, very rugged terrain. Torrey and Tweedy mountains are both above 11,000 feet. The Torrey Mountain district is encircled by productive mining districts: Birch Creek (Utopia) to the east, Hecla to the north, Elkhorn and Polaris to the west and Argenta to the south. Streams originating in the Torrey Mountain district have been heavily placered in several of these districts.

Yet despite these associations, little historical mining actually took place in the Torrey Mountain district. The district appears on several maps, but no mines are mentioned in the historic literature. It is likely that the district has been extensively prospected, but no bonanza lodes have been located. The remoteness and short mining season have discouraged any historic attempt at production on any lesser lodes.

Geologically the area is quartz monzonite and contains portions of the Mt. Torrey batholith. Ore deposits occur as shoots in veins and as contact deposits along the igneous/sedimentary contact (Sahinen 1935).


Sahinen (1935) states that the Mt. Torrey district is located 14 miles due west of the small town of Glen, a station on the Oregon Short Line (now Union Pacific Railroad). The area en¬compassed by the district boundaries is essentially the high alpine area between the active districts.


There are no reported mines within the Torrey Mountain district.


Corry, Andrew

1933 "Some Gold Deposits in Broadwater, Beaverhead, Phillips, and Fergus Counties, Montana", Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, "Memoir 10.

Hill, James M. and Waldemar Lindgren

1912 "The Mining Districts of the Western United States", "U. S. Geological Survey Bulletin 507, pp.

181-198, U.S. Government Print. Off., Washington, D.C.

Sahinen, Uuno M.

1935 "Mining Districts of Montana", Thesis, Montana School of Mines, Butte.

Work Projects Administration (WPA)

Mineral Resources Survey

1941 "Montana Mine Index, An Alphabetical Index Arranged by Counties, Districts and Mines of Information on

Montana Mines from 1867-1940. Montana School of Mines, Butte.