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Bannack, Montana,1881

BannackMontana in 1881

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Bannack, Montana

Bannack Montana today, July, 2008, Kathy Weiser

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Bannack got its start when Colorado prospectors found gold along Grasshopper Creek in the summer of 1862. The site of the first major gold discovery in Montana, miners soon flooded the area and by fall, the mining camp boasted more than 400 people. Named after the local Bannock Indians, the town grew quickly to some 3000 residents by the spring of 1863. When Montana became an official territory in May, 1864, Bannack became its first capital. Though two years later, the capital would be moved to Virginia City.




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The flourishing camp quickly sported  three hotels, three bakeries, three blacksmith shops, two stables, two meat markets, a grocery store, a restaurant, a brewery, a billiard hall, and four saloons.


As the ores declined, so did the town and by 1890, only 400 residents remained. However, the town remained populated enough to continue to support a post office until 1938. The school closed in the early 1950s and the last residents left in the 1970s. Today, Bannack is a preserved Montana State Park and a National Historic Landmark with some 60 remaining buildings.



Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated April, 2013.


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