Monday, July 16, 2012

Hog ‘Em

Hog ’Em was originally the name for the town of Springville, one of the first-named towns in Montana Territory. With gold discoveries in the mid-1860s, greedy miners staked out claims over such a wide area that miners named this camp Hog ’Em. Other local camps were Beat ’Em, Cheat ’Em, Rob ’Em, and Sinch ’Em. Hog ’Em was known as the “father of the ’Ems.” When the post office came to Hog ‘Em, officials didn’t like the name so they changed it to Springville. Springville took its name from nearby warm water springs. The tiny settlement was a stopping place for trappers, traders, and, later, freighters and stagecoaches. In 1879, the Springville post office moved to Bedford and Hog ’Em ceased to exist. Only a few foundations and a small cemetery remain. You may have heard the local myth that the cemetery contains the graves of suicides and murder victims. But the truth is that only two of its silent occupants have actually been identified. Jack Wright committed suicide in the Missouri River, date unknown, and Michael O’Keefe died in 1878 of complications from a fall down a mineshaft.

From Montana Moments: History on the Go
P.S. Remember the mystery of Missoula's first cemetery?

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