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

A registered historic landmark and the site of Montana's first major gold discovery on July 28, 1862. Please visit our website for more information!Th...

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

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 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

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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