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Platted in 1888, Mullan was named after a West Point graduate, Lt. John Mullan, who created a military wagon route between Fort Benton, Montana and Fort Walla Walla, Washington. In the town’s first days, horse-drawn stages hauled travelers between Mullan and nearby Wallace for a $2.50 round-trip ticket. The arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad drastically improved the town’s transportation and supply situation, resulting in increasing populations. Although railroad officials tried to rename the settlement “Ryan” after a key railroad figure, town residents refused and kept the original town name instead. The town’s growth and current economic livelihood is based upon the neighboring gold, silver, and lead mines.

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