Ghost town: Bannack, Montana

September 20, 2017  •  1 Comment

It is hard for me to remain objective about this next ghost town. It is one of my favorite places. And I don't mean just in Montana. It has history, isolation, scenery. The state of Montana has preserved it without commercializing it, and I hope it continues this way. So let's visit Bannack, Montana, the one-time Territorial Capital, gold-rush boom-town, corrupt lawman hangout.

The Meade Hotel and Skinner's Saloon are the prominent buildings in this panorama (taken from the south side of the street).

We'll go in the hotel (you can go in many of the buildings.)

Looking out across the street to the school/Masonic hall.

Inside Skinner's, which has been restored from the recent flash-flood damage.

The church, and, below, inside.

The jail:

The school (lower floor):

This is just west of town in the campground. There was work going on to build a containment pond to protect the town from flash floods, so access to the graveyard and gallows site was restricted.

I hope you enjoyed the visit to Bannack as much as I. Let me know what you think in the comments. Later in this trip we visited a so-called ghost town, but it was very much inhabited.


This is such a well preserved site. Loved looking at it through your eyes. Thanks so much for sharing.
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