Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex

Mike Horse Townsite

Today, very little of the Mike Horse townsite remains. The large benched area where the prefabricated houses once stood still exists. But the houses, along with the mine buildings, were sold at auction. Some of the Mike Horse houses still exist in the Lincoln area.

Looking Northeast at old Mike Horse Townsite (2008, courtesty Tetra Tech Inc.)
Looking Northeast at old Mike Horse Townsite (2008, courtesty Tetra Tech Inc.)

Not until the mine's purchase by Asarco in the mid-1940s did the Mike Horse townsite develop. The town had its own company store, post office, and school. During its peak output in the 1940s, the mine employed roughly 250 miners, as well as mechanics, cooks, truck drivers, geologists, and engineers. The single miners lived in a large bunkhouse next to the mill, while families lived in the 40 prefabricated houses that Asarco brought in and erected directly across from the tailings impoundment. Electricity was free and heating oil was subsidized by the company.

Mike Horse townsite (circa late 1940s, courtesty Hydrometrics Inc.)
Mike Horse townsite (circa late 1940s, courtesty Hydrometrics Inc.)