The Comet Mine, between Helena and Butte Montana, was discovered in 1874. The town of Comet was platted and surveyed in 1876. Comet was home to over 300 residents and the town included businesses, 22 saloons, a post office, homes, school for 20 children, and the Dailey Hotel.
A new owner built the processing plant in 1926 that you see today. The new operation employed 100 men and continued until 1941 when the mine was exhausted and operations permanently stopped. The mine produced $20 million in ore (in 1941 dollars!) that included lead, zinc, copper, silver, and gold.
Today the area is a ghost town with one resident. A couple dozen structures remain behind in various states of decay. Unfortunately, this area has not been set aside for protection or preservation and may be ravaged by forest fires and possibly more vandalism. This video shows the remnants of Comet and its mill in July 2014.
For those of you who are interested in the creation of this video:
Canon Vixia HFS100 camera
GoPro Hero3 Black - 1080P @ 60FPS
DJI Phantom quad copter (drone)
Tarot T-2D gimbal for camera stability
FPV (First Person View) video downlink
Edited with Adobe Premier Pro 6.0
Music is "Pepper's Theme" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
And "Danse Morialta" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
And "Interloper" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
All three songs licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Comet – A Montana Ghost Town – near Boulder, Montana MT USA
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