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Drum Lummon Mill


The history of Marysville parallels the discovery, development, and demise of the Drum Lummon Mine. This rich mine, the remnants of which are still visible on the mountainside south of Marysville, was discovered by Irish immigrant, Tom Cruse, in 1876.

As Cruse's Drum Lummon was developed through the 1880's and 1890's, Marysville grew first to about 1500 residents shortly after the discovery and then to nearly 5000 residents just prior to the turn of the century.

Drum Lummon

During this era of prosperity, Marysville enjoyed the services of three newspapers, many saloons, three churches, general stores, livery and feed stores, restaurants, and boarding houses. There was also an opera house, a brewery and a tailor. At this time, the residents were served by two railroads and a steam powered electrical lighting system.

At the turn of the century mining activity was decreasing and Marysville had passed its zenith. When mining in the Drum Lummon finally terminated in the 1950's most of the mining families left the area. At that time, many of the houses were also moved, leaving only a silent skeleton of this once bustling community.

Today Marysville remains as home to a few old-timers, a bedroom community to Helena, and a retirement home for others. Mining activity in the area has ceased but skiing and outdoor recreating continue to call people to Marysville.

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