No tour of the Wild West is complete without visiting a ghost town — and Montana
has several of them. Once thriving cities that sprang up where pockets of gold, silver, and other precious metals were discovered, these cities usually died years later when the resources became depleted. The cities emptied as quickly as they filled.
Garnet Ghost Town
If you’re looking for a fun, educational experience, load up your rental car
and take the kids to the best-preserved ghost town in MT
: Garnet Ghost Town.
To get there you have to drive ten miles on a one-lane dirt road. This is likely how the residents traveled to and from the town — except they did it on horseback or in covered wagons. As you tour the town, imagine that it’s 1898 and the gold rush was in full swing. At this time the town had approximately 1,000 residents.
Make the most of your experience by doing the following:
• Scheduling a tour
: Garnet Ghost Town isn’t a gaudy tourist attraction. It’s run and maintained by volunteers of the Garnet Preservation Association (GPA). These volunteers care deeply about preserving the area’s history and offer very informative tours. You can even try panning for gold yourself.
• Seeing the buildings
: As you enter the grand hotel, rustic cabins, old saloon, and former schoolhouse, you’ll begin to piece together a picture of the town in its heyday. The GPA has kept everything as true to the time period as possible.
• Enjoying the region
: While you’re in the middle of the Garnet Mountains, take some time to enjoy it. This area features incredible wildlife and some of the most breathtaking views. Bring your bikes and hit the nearby trails or make a weekend of it and camp.
Learn more about Garnet Ghost Town
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, near Yellowstone
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