“See the Old West come alive!”
Bannack was founded in 1862 when John White discovered gold on Grasshopper Creek. As news of the gold strike spread many prospectors and businessmen rushed to Bannack hoping to strike it rich. In 1864, Bannack was named as the first Territorial Capital of Montana. Remaining in Bannack for only a short time, the Capital moved on to Virginia City. In 1863 gold had been discovered near Virginia City and at that time many prospectors left Bannack in hopes of finding the mother lode in Virginia City. However, some people stayed in Bannack and explored the use of further mining techniques. From the late 1860's to the 1930's, Bannack continued as a mining town with a fluctuating population. By the 1950's gold workings had dwindled and most folks had moved on. At that point the State of Montana declared Bannack a State Park. Today, over sixty structures remain standing, most of which can be explored. People from all over visit this renowned ghost town to discover their heritage. The Montana State Parks governs the townsite and surrounding area of Bannack.
AWESOME!!! MUST GO HERE!!! Campground is SUPER but NO electricity or water hookups and only a pit toilet. Expect to spend at least 3 hours looking at the town - bring water to drink as only one water fountain and restroom at the front gate - views of the surrounding terrain are extremely beautiful.
Montana is filled with ghost towns and Bannack State Park is definitely the best preserved. Although it's off-the-beaten-path, Bannack is not that far from Interstate 15. I visited on a fall day when there was a touch of color left on the trees. Less crowds, too. The interpretive staff brings Montana gold mining history to life.
This little gem is off the beaten path but well worth the diversion. We spent a couple of hours her walking through many of the buildings and exploring the history. Our kids enjoyed the adventure. This is a very clean and well preserved place.
Back from my second visit to Bannack. I love this place and my two year does too.
This place was featured on Haunted Highway if anyone wants to learn more about it. Really creepy episode. I would love to go just to see the old buildings.
Bannock just had a huge mud slide go through the town. It'll take them about a year to get everything cleaned up.
This place is incredible. I've been to a few ghost towns but this was the best by far. The amount of buildings and to be able to go in and explore them made the town come alive in a unique way.
It took a couple hours to get through and even though I saw most all of it, I didn't stop and look at everything. It was a bit of a hike up the hill to the cemetery, but well worth it as it gave a beautiful view of the town, the paths coming into town and the mining building on the far mountainside.
The building pictured has a free masons symbol on it if you look real close
This looks so cool.
Even though they did suffer a devastating flash flood, Bannack is up and running and in beautiful repair. A magical place, you can feel the history.
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