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Jun 24, 2018 - Day Trip: Bannack State Park, Montana

Bannack State Park is today’s destination. We take the motorcycle. Our biggest problem is finding the road out of town that will allow us to avoid the Interstate. We are successful in reaching Route 278. It is another twenty-one miles to Bannack State Park. It is a little chilly. When we go over the pass, we know we are almost there. We sure hope this is worth the effort. Brief History: Bannack was the site of the first major gold rush in Montana. As the easy to work placer deposits played out, the population declined. Many miners moved on...

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Apr 6, 2014 - Ghostly town

Today due to Very windy conditions we decided to stay here at Dillon another night. We thought it may be interesting to see a Ghost town, that has been kept in its original state. Many of the homes were unlocked for viewing. Others that were locked are for storage. The wall paper in some of the rooms were indescribably in today's language. Its quite interesting to see the size of some of the rooms. this place was 30 mins south west of here. Bannack Park entrance fee - $10

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Jul 21, 2012 - Day 7; Ride to Bannack Montana

Day 7: The Comeback To my amazement, Charlie emerged (with a groan) from his tent in search of caffeine. I asked how he was feeling and he replied, "Hey, my stiff neck is gone!" "Dude that was two crashes ago...... hell of a chiropractic adjustment..." His shoulder was sore and he still had a bruise on the hip but other than that he was shaking it off like Rambo after a fire fight. He was hell bent to continue. I suggested a few days of road touring as a respite to which he replied, "What? And admit defeat?" The guy's had not one, not two,...

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Jul 1, 2011 - Bannack Ghost Town

We drove the Bannack Scenic Byway today and visited the Old Bannack Ghost Town. This is our favorite so far. Our first stop was at the visitors center to pick up a map with walking directions and details about the buildings. We took the tour and were able to see inside many of them. Some were not open to the public. The cost per car was only $5. This even included all the gold mining pans of dirt you wanted to work through. I thought Jerry would never stop. :-) We didn't find any gold, but we did find a lot of beautiful garnets. Bannack...

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Sep 16, 2009 - Bannack State Park

INFORMATION FROM PAMPHLET: Bannack is located 26 miles southwest of Dillon off of Hwy 278. The town was made part of the Montana State Park system in 1954. Gold was discovered in Grasshopper Creek on July 28,1862. This strike set off a massive gold rush that swelled Bannack's population to over 3000 by 1863. When the gold ran out, the town died. Today over 50 buildings remain. Bannack, Montana's first territorial capital, was the site of many "firsts" in the state's history. Bannack had the first jail, hotel, chartered Masonic Lodge, hard...

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Oct 24, 2008 - Ghost Walk at Bannack State Park

We started celebrating Halloween early by going on a Ghost Walk at Bannack State Park on Friday night. This is a annual celebration of the ghosts that haunt the ghost town today. We met about 100 other crazy people at sunset to take the walk. Bannack was the first territorial capital of Montana and was founded in 1862 when gold was discovered in nearby Grasshopper Creek. A gold rush followed and in its glory days more than 10,000 miners worked the streams in the area. The town continued until the 1930's and by the 1950's the town was...

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Aug 2, 2006 - Bannack State Park

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...

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