Ghost Towns

With such a rich history of mining in the area, Southwest Montana is home to untold numbers of ghost towns. Virginia City, Nevada City and Bannack are among the most well-preserved and popular destinations. Some other noteworthy sites include Charter Oak Mine, Comet, Coolidge, Elkhorn, Farlin, Garnet, Glendale, Marysville, Granite, Pony, Quartz Hill, Rimini and Rochester.
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Bannack State Park

"Come walk the deserted streets of Bannack and discover for yourself what the old west was really like. Bannack is one of the best preserved ghost tow...

Town: Bannack, MT
Alder Gulch

In 1863 Bill Fairweather and his party discovered gold in southwestern Montana. They were on their way to Yellowstone Country from Bannack but were w...

Town: Virginia City, MT
Elkhorn State Park

Backcountry roads settle you into a 19th century mining landscape before you reach historic Fraternity Hall and Gillian Hall nestled within the privat...

Town: Boulder, MT
Garnet Ghost Town

Garnet is a historic mining ghost town located in west central Montana and sits at an elevation of about 6,000 feet at the head of First Chance Creek....

Town: Drummond, MT
Granite Ghost Town State Park

Hector Horton first discovered silver in the general area in 1865. In the autumn of 1872 the Granite mine was discovered by a prospector named Holland...

Town: Philipsburg, MT
Laurin

As a supply center near Alder Gulch, Laurin shared in the $100,000,000 riches of the gulch. The town was established around a trading post ran by the...

Town: Alder, MT
Marysville

Marysville was once a thriving gold camp. Now Marysville is a small community with several buildings listed on the National Historic Register. There...

Town: Marysville, MT
Nevada City

Nevada City was a mining ghost town until the Bovey family restored it between 1945 and 1978. The entire town of Nevada City is a living historical m...

Town: Nevada City, MT
Rimini

Originally Rimini was named Young Ireland. History has it that Rimini was either named after a city in Italy or a drama production that traveled thro...

Town: Helena, MT
Virginia City

Virginia City offers visitors the opportunity to pan for gold, take stagecoach rides, ghost tours, train rides, firetruck tours and see an old time pl...

Town: Virginia City, MT

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