RIMINI

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     Rimini is perched in the Ten Mile Creek Valley between Red Mountain and Lee Mountain. This settlement, originally known as Young Ireland, was centered around a silver lode discovered in 1864. Possibly taking its name from the Italian town or, from a character in Dante’s Inferno playing in nearby Helena, Rimini it became.

     Rimini would serve about 100 local mines. Ore would travel by rail to Wickes and later, East Helena for processing generating $7 million in gold, silver, lead and zinc ore. Mining would slow when the price of silver dropped leaving only the Porphyry Dike Mine operating.

     During World War Two, the town would get a revival of a different type, as a military dog training camp called Camp Rimini. Dogsled teams trained for search and rescue. The bark has quieted down these days. Some residents remain among old cabins, stores and the old schoolhouse.