Diamond City, Meagher County, Montana Territory: 1866. Unbound. The front of this partially printed claim-filing receipt, dated April 5 1866, measures 7.25” x 2.75” and is illustrated with a woodland scene showing three deer in a stream. It reads, “I hereby certify that Wm Parberry has recorded claim No. Three (3) NE from Discovery on the King Solomon Ext Lode 300 feet, located in Woods District. Meagher County Recorded . . . N. T. Richardsen County Recorder.” A manuscript transfer dated Sep 24th 1866 is written in red in on the reverse, ”I hereby certify that I have this day transferred all right title and interest in and to the written named Lode to Thos Riley of the aforesaid County and Territory Wm Parberry.”. Very good. Item #009338
In 1864, gold was discovered at a gulch near Big Belt Mountains by four former Confederate soldiers who, allegedly, had surrendered and been offered amnesty if they agreed to move west up the Missouri River to Montana. Within days of their discovery, the population of Confederate Gulch swelled to 60. A gold rush soon followed, exploding the region’s population to more than 10,000, and a town mushroomed just to the east at Diamond City where merchants and prostitutes provided supplies and services to the miners. The King Solomon Load was located on Clancy Creek about seven miles east of Confederate Gulch and 12 miles from Diamond City. Although the early prospectors’ dreams of finding gold in the King Solomon Lode never panned out, in time it was discovered that the lode was very rich with a galena lead ore that contained a high concentration of silver. By the end of 1869, the regio’ns gold fields had played out and the population of Confederate Gulch and Diamond City all but vanished. However, lead and silver mining at the King Solomon Load continued until 1916 (see the Montana Department of Environmental Quality website, Knopf’s Ore Deposits in the Helena Region, and the goldrushnuggets.com website). An attractive early prospecting document from the Montana gold rush of the mid-1860s.