There are numerous ghost towns in
that provide vivid peeks into
the life in the
Old West, especially at the many old mining camps located
in the "Treasure State." From the time that gold was first discovered in
Creek in 1852 to the first major gold rush boom in
Bannack in July,
1862, and all the way through today, millions of dollars in gold, silver,
copper, zinc and other precious ores have been scoured from the mountains
Montana. Some of the best known mining towns include such places as
in Alder Gulch;
Bannack, where the first
gold rush and first territorial capitol were located;
which continue to display numerous old structures; all the way up to
Butte, which is not a
ghost town, but has a long mining history.
Along with these many historic sites, legends and tales of outlaw gangs,
road agents, ghosts, and hidden treasures also abound along with the
state's rich history.
Ghost Towns and Mining Camps:
Gold was first discovered at Gold Creek in what became known as
the Pioneer Mining District in 1852. This old mining equipment
in the creek, as well as numerous tailings lining the banks, attest to
later dredging to recover any
precious ore left in the area.
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Bannack - From
Gold to Ghosts - Beaverhead County, mining camp
some 50 preserved buildings, currently a state park.
Hughesville - Ghost Camps in the Little Belt Mountains
Judith Basin County, two mining camps
located just two miles apart, a few scattered cabins and mining remnants.
Mining Camp to Artist's Retreat - Jefferson County, semi-ghost, mining camp,
active town of about 250 residents, historic buildings and mining remains.
Cable - Deer Lodge County, abandoned mining camp, just a few
buildings and the Gold Coin Mine and Mill. Located on private property,
but can be viewed from the highway.
aka: Castle City, Castle - Meager County, mining
ghost town, no residents, just a few buildings, privately owned.
Charter Oak Mine & Mill - Powell County, mine, mill and a few
Coloma Mining District -
Missoula County, just a few tumbling buildings and mining
Comet - Silent on the Eastern Slope
Jefferson County, numerous buildings in various states of decay, mill
Cushman - Golden Valley County, fading
remains of old ranching town.
Elkhorn Survives - Jefferson County, mining
ghost town, several remaining buildings, a few