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In 1858, prospectors James and Granville Stuart and Reese Anderson discovered gold in the creek. The three men didn’t have sufficient tools to begin excavating, and were unable to return with the proper equipment until 1862. The creek was renamed “Gold Creek” because of the gold found there. The Stuart brothers and their prospecting party helped open up Western Montana to settlers, all due to their initial find at Gold Creek. Gold Creek is near where the last spike of the Northern Pacific Railway was driven on September 8, 1883.