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The mining boom in Butte-Anaconda and expansion of the railroads required vast amounts of timber, which the Bonner-Milltown area readily supplied. Montana’s copper and lumber barons, Andrew B. Hammond, Marcus Daly and William Clark, all played major roles in the Bonner area communities, if not for only a short period of time.
The story begins with Hammond. As early entrepreneur and one of the founders of the Montana Improvement Company, Hammond secured contracts with the Northern Pacific Railroad. To feed that demand, MIC needed a mill. Hammond, the leader in this project, bought land on the Blackfoot River for the sawmill and a dam to contain the mill’s supply of logs. After initially flooding out, the dam was completed for a second time in 1886. The Blackfoot or Bonner mill was constructed on 160 acres adjacent and completed in 1886. In addition, houses for the superintendents and skilled workers were built; thus the company town of Bonner was born. In 1892, an elegant guest residence, the Hotel Margaret, and a flour mill were added.
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