1979

 

Terraced Garden Project

First discovery by the United States Forest Service during the 1979 field season. Expedition led by C. Milo McLeod

 

Man standing in front of terrace

1979

The terraces were first recorded in 1979, by a team of United States Forest Service (USFS) personnel, including C. Milo McLeod, an archaeological technician at that time.  Reports from the local people at that time suggested that this site was constructed by Chinese who had fled the railroad.  During their 1979 visit, the Forest Service personnel deemed the terraces as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, and a priority cultural resource on the Lolo National Forest.  The thickly vegetated site appeared to almost disappear into the surrounding landscape, and its mysterious nature tapped McLeod’s curious nature. man standing in front of caveBesides the terracing, the Forest Service survey discovered a single mine adit, hand-stacked rock from placer workings, the cabin pad located ½ mile downstream of the terraces, and an interesting lack of surface artifacts.