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Bannack Montana

Located in: Southwest Montana

Come walk the deserted streets of Bannack, and discover for yourself the way the West really was. Bannack is one of the best preserved of all of Montana's ghost towns. Bannack is unique

.preserved rather than restored

.protected rather than exploited.

The ghost town of Bannack, the site of Montana's first major gold discovery July 28, 1862 at Grasshopper Creek , became Montana's first territorial capital in 1864. 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. There are over 50 buildings that line Main Street with its historic log and frame structures that recall Montana's formative years.

Bannack Days, with historic displays, activities and events, is held the third weekend in July each year. The visitor center is open from mid-May through September. A group picnic site is available. National Historic Landmark. The park is 5,800 feet in elevation and is 1154 acres in size. There are 28 sites in the campground with vault toilets, grills/firerings, firewood, picnic tables, trash cans, drinking water and access to Grasshopper Creek for fishing. A golf course and three museums are located nearby in Dillon. Day use fees are $4.00 per vehicle and camping fee: all season. Flush toilets are located in the visitors center and escorted and unescorted tours are available.

Bannack State Park is located in the southwestern area of Montana. It is located 26 miles southwest of Dillon, Montana. Take Interstate 15 south of Dillon to exit #59 (Hwy. 278 exit). Head west on Hwy 278 for 20 miles. Turn south onto the paved Bannack road and go four miles then turn onto the gravel park entrance road.

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