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Old 12-15-2011, 05:28 PM   #15
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The correct spelling is Bannack, MT an outstanding “Ghost Town” There are over 50 of the original buildings to look at (many are open to tour) The only problem is that the way most artifacts develop “legs” the buildings that have artifacts in them are closed, you have to look in the windows, the empty buildings are open to go into.
We go there 2-3 times /year just to get away. Even if Bannack is only 25 miles from Dillon, MT there is NO hard wired Phones, Cell Phone service, Radio or off air TV. Camping is primitive (water is available) alongside Grasshopper Creek.
Henry Plummer a convicted felon from the CALIF Gold Mining area was appointed Sherriff of Bannack. Whenever a miner left for Virginia City etc. he was robbed/murdered, that is until the vigilantes took care of Henry and his highway men. He was imprisoned in the Jail that he built with one window facing the gallows that he also built only to be hung on, fascinating story/history.
Do a search for- Bannack State Park, MT, Mt State Parks etc. For additional information do a search for “3-7-77” that is all that you need to enter, just the numbers. It is a MT Masonic site that has links to other information about Bannack. You will also learn about the legend of 3-7-77 that appears even today on the MT State Highway Patrol logo.
Bannack is also very close to Lemhi Pass on the continental divide where when Lewis and Clark got to the top and said “OH S**T” when he realized that there was NO easy water route to the Pacific Ocean, only 900 more miles of mountains to the Pacific.
PM me if you want more information about Bannack/Lewis and Clark
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:17 PM   #16
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One of the best websites I have found for ghosttowns in the US.
That's the one we use. we've discovered alot of "hidden" gems on that site. And there's always a good story to go with it.

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