Helena History

Roebuck Mines. The railroad was an integral part of a successful mining operation.

Roebuck Mines. The railroad was an integral part of a successful mining operation. This photo of a switching engine was taken at the Eureka Mines sometime before 1920. This locomotive would have taken the coal from the mines to the Louisville & Nashville yard in Helena. Fred Draper, who worked at the mines, can be seen in the far left. (Contributed/City of Helena Museum)

This photo of a switching engine was taken at the Eureka Mines sometime before 1920. This locomotive would have taken the coal from the mines to the Louisville & Nashville yard in Helena. Fred Draper, who worked at the mines, can be seen in the far left. (Contributed/City of Helena Museum)