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Bannack State Park

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721 Bannack Rd, Dillon, MT 59725-9300
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Jesena wrote a review Sep 2020
Seattle, Washington326 contributions167 helpful votes
My husband loved the visit and even I enjoyed this park. There is a small entrance fee and $2 for the booklet, but it is great to read about the history of each building and its worthwhile to get for your self guided tour. You can walk into most cabins and see how they lived in the early days and imagine how life must have been back in the days. The jail was fun too and some of the buildings are actually quite large, those were the places for the "richer" people in town. They are really trying hard to preserve what is there, very nice stop.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Oliver S wrote a review Sep 2020
New York City, New York10,928 contributions1,243 helpful votes
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Ghosts, Gallows & Gold Walking on the short main street boarded by two rows of cabins, some less dilapidated than others, but all oh, so empty, it’s hard to imagine that Bannock was the first capital of the Territory and had a population of 10,000. I almost came here a few years back, but a storm caused the Park to be closed: rumor had it that the mud had brought out little glittery things, reminders of times past, and people started coming with metal detectors… This time it’s open, but all in all it’s a disappointment. Both Garnet and Coloma are much better, there is more stuff from the period and they tell a better story. Here, all has been in the care of the State for too long: all is gone, vandalism, neglect, lack of funds, bureaucracy, you named it plagued this place. The Vigilantes hanged here Sheriff Palmer and his two Deputies. Some say, they were the bad guys and worked with road agents to rob and kill travelers on the roads. Others believe the Citizens committee of Vigilantes went rogue and hanged too many people, making “an honest mistake”, most serious mistake, I’d say! Admission is $10 for two, it includes a handy booklet with map and history on some of the buildings here. Take a look, then drive another 80 mls to Alder Gulch in Virginia City and get the rest of the story.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Beth W wrote a review Sep 2020
Chanhassen, Minnesota110 contributions38 helpful votes
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In the middle of nowhere Montana, on our way from Glacier to Yellowstone, we explored the amazing Bannack State Park - a preserved mining town dating back to 1862. Not the tourist trap town full of souvenir shops...but buildings you can actually step inside, walk up the stairways, and feel the history, see the layers of paint and wallpaper peeling away, and imagine the stories these buildings could tell.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Statia D wrote a review Sep 2020
Portal, Arizona411 contributions115 helpful votes
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The experience as a whole was wonderful. The state of Montana receives a lot of credit for the rescue of this important mining town, but watch the video on YouTube that explains how the citizens originally raised the money and began the restoration. It is considered to be in a state of "arrested decay." Bannack has a ton of history. The first Hotel in Montana, the first Jail in Montana, and the first capital of Montana. I'm sure there's more, like the first electric dredging barge, who's skeletal remains are still on Grasshopper Creek. Visitors can enter the buildings, where they can observe many original furnishings. What you don't see, let your imagination do the rest. After your self guided tour, relax in one of the two campgrounds. I stayed in the Road Agent Campsite, which is less developed, the way I like it. It was also less crowded. Both campgrounds are on Grasshopper Creek and both are very nice. The Cemetery is on the way into the ghost town, and I believe there is another cemetery on one of the hills nearby. If I had thought to pack in food, I would have stayed another night, but the nearest town is a little drive and so I left in the morning with regrets. I guess I'll just have to go back!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Carmelina J wrote a review Sep 2020
Port Orchard, Washington62 contributions27 helpful votes
Well maintained ghost town. Most of the buildings were open for viewing and able to walk thru. Fascinating learning about the history of the area and town. Spent quite some time in the back where gold panning was in progress.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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    When is Bannack State Park open?
    Bannack State Park is open:
    • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM