Stockett is coal mining town was named for Lewis Stockett, manager of the Cottonwood Coal Company. When the major mining operations were moved from Sand Coulee to Cottonwood Coulee, the name of the company was changed from the Sand Coulee Coal Company to the Cottonwood Coal Company. Mines later opened at Giffin and Lehigh. The company not only owned the mines but also ran a company store and meat market where the miners were required to do most of their trading. There were only about a hundred English-speaking people out of more than a thousand miners, who were mostly of Italian, Polish, or other Slavic descent. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company)
Stockett is nestled in the Little Belt Mountains between the Smith River and Missouri River. Stockett is near Sluice Boxes State Park. When mining was king in Montana, railroad tracks snaked through mountain ranges to reach small boom towns and haul ore to market. One such mining area lay in the Little Belt Mountains south of Great Falls. Sluice Boxes State Park, established in 1970, consists of the northernmost 8 miles of the Belt Creek Canyon.
Stockett is about fifteen miles south of Great Falls, Montana's third largest city, which offers Giant Springs Heritage State Park, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Cascade County Historical Society Museum, and a variety of other attractions.
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