Marcus Daly was born in Ireland in 1841. At the age of 15, Daly immigrated from Ireland and set out for New York, where he delivered telegraph messages and worked as a dock laborer. At the age of 20, Daly went to California working as a farmhand and gardener, but most notably where he worked as a miner. Daly mined in Nevada and built up such a reputation that the Walker Brothers, mining men and bankers out of Salt Lake City, sent Daly to Butte, Montana, to inspect and purchase the Alice Mine. Daly also purchased the Anaconda Mine, where he found the copper that would make Butte, “The Richest Hill on Earth.” Daly built the Anaconda Smelter in the town that would become Anaconda, established the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railway to transport his ore from Butte to Anaconda, and even founded banks, hotels, and racetracks. Daly died in New York City in 1900.
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