From toConfederate Gulch probably equaled or outstripped other Montana Camps in gold production, chiefly because a the gold was course and easy to get at, b water was close and c gradients were favorable to create sluice currents and dump disposal. The initial strike on Montana Bar set records for gold production. When properly worked the Confederate Gulch claims were all rich.

The rich stretches along the bottom of the Gulch were very rich. Some of the claims in Confederate Gulch were true bonanzas. They produced more gold than comparable claims of the fabulous Montana Bar, though requiring movement of a much larger tonnage of gravel, boulders and dirt. Because of the boulders strewn across the surface of the bars, they were worked by many different operators, some mere pocket hunters and others operating with teams of men and equipment.

This was the richest cargo ever carried down the Missouri River by steamboat. The total production will never be known.


Businesses which transported gold, as well as individual miners took out their gold secretly, in order to mislead highwaymen and prevent robbery. All of the estimates of gold production are in ‘s dollars. Were the values of total production be stated in today’s dollars, the figures would be much higher than the estimates.

Gold production from the Confederate Gulch mining district started at a high level in because of the sheer opulence of the Montana Bar strike. Production was maintained at a high level as numerous fresh strikes were made and brought on line. Technical problems[ edit ] Along Confederate Gulch and on Cement Gulch the gold claims were rich, but they demanded a great deal of labor.