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Old 11-24-2019, 08:40 AM   #1
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Ghost Town Recommendations?

We'll be taking a couple family members on a trip from southern Oregon to southern Montana this summer to visit ghost towns. We've been to Garnett and Bannock, which will be on this trip. We love the history these places exhibit plus we simply find them cool. If you have suggestions of great ghost towns, please share. We'll have the TT so, advice or suggestions regarding someplace to overnight near or, better yet, "at" the ghost town, would be very appreciated. We've been to Bodie but it won't be on this trip as we won't be heading south this time.
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Montana has a great variety of ghost towns spread out in almost any environment. As you surely know (don't call me Shirley!!) some are easy to get to, and many are way out there. We have camped many areas of MT, but have not ghosted much. I think you can get some major info from the MT travel bureaus. Last summer we were going to try one in the Pioneer Mtns, but road was out!! Can' really help with much, but seems like the area west of Butte, south of Missoula, and north of Wyoming border have a good concentration.
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Virginia city and Nevada city Mt. Fun to visit. We were camped in Dillon when we visited. We also visited Bannack while there. You might like a second visit.
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Old 11-24-2019, 10:28 PM   #4
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This list may help you:

We've enjoyed Nevada City/Virginia City, MT
Garnet near Missoula, MT
Bodie at Lee Vining, CA
South Pass City near Lander, WY
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This isnít ghost towns per see but while you are in the Bannack area check out Lemhi Pass and some of the interesting Lewis and Clark sites in the area.

On I-90 between exit 267 and 278 is the town of Three Forks. A few miles out of town is the Missouri Headwaters State Park. The Jefferson River flows north and joins the Madison River also flowing north from YSNP, then a couple hundred feet later the Gallatin River also flowing north from YSNP joins in to form the Headwaters of the Missouri River. Just look at any map and you can see it so it must be true! Now the plot thickens, One of the responsibilities that President Jefferson charged Lewis and Clark with on their journey west was to map and determine the headwaters of the Missouri River. About 10 miles south of the town of Dillon, MT on I-15 is Clark Canyon reservoir, straight west of the reservoir over the dam is Lemhi Pass on the continental divide separating ID and MT. (Good paved road except the last few miles are well maintained gravel) At the top of the pass there is a spring, on a large rock there is a US Dept of the Interior Plaque that says in part ďmost distant fountain of the Waters of the mighty MissouriĒ BUT now the MT F&G and others say that it is actually Browers Spring in the Centennial MTís south and east of Clark Canyon Res. (Due East of Monida on I-15) Who is correct? We have been to the top of Lemhi pass many times.

If you go South on the dirt road from Bannack about 10 mi you will come to the little village of Grant turning right (west) at Grant will take you to Lehmi Pass only 10 miles or so. (Part of it is paved)
When Clark topped Lemhi pass he saw that there was not going to be a easy water route to the Pacific Ocean. Sacajawea accidentally meet her brother in the area and they trained for horses and showed then the way to Salmon, ID.

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Exactly the stuff we're looking for!

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