A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Rediscovery of a Gold Rush Town

Steve Fisk
Art Rzaza
Jim Clotfelter

Beaverhead Ravalli Anthropological Cooperative


Students worked under the guidance of a state archeologist to collect and compile any remaining information about the gold rush town of Rochester. Students conducted site surveys of the abandoned town, researched records in Montana Historical Society archives, collected photographs and compiled lists of businesses that once existed in Rochester. Students also video-recorded oral interviews with librarians, old-time residents, former business owners and professors. The final research project is being put into a computer database for greater public access to the information.

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1996 Montana Heritage Project
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