This morning it was even cooler than yesterday morning; it was 50 degrees inside. I had to turn on the heat for a few minutes. In the hottest part of the day it was about 85 degrees. Not bad for August.
The first order of the day was a trip to Bannack State Park about 25 miles southwest of Dillon to see one of America's best preserved (not restored) ghost towns, Bannack. All the 50 or so buildings are in remarkably good condition. Bannack was founded in July 1862 as a gold mining camp by John White and fellow gold hunters. During the height of the gold rush it had a population of about 3,000. It was named for the Bannock Indians, affiliated with the Shoshone, sometimes known as the Snakes. It was the first territorial capital and had a string of "firsts": hotel, jail, school, chartered Masonic Lodge, hard rock mine, electric gold dredge, quartz stamp mill and commercial sawmill. Phew!!