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“More than buildings”
Review of Bannack State Park

Bannack State Park
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Dillon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A park with over 60 original structures still standing from the 1800s, including the old hotel, the governor's mansion, the Masonic Hall and the Methodist Church.
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“More than buildings”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Yes, Bannack is open, and even though there is still obviously repair work going on from the terrible flash flood, there is still plenty to see. The other reviews cover the great historical town site, so I will suggest some other "Bannack" stops. Turn off 278. On the way, watch for two old cemeteries on left. A respectful stroll through these leaves one with a clearer picture of the fragility and often brevity of life in the territory. The campground at Bannack is nice, many sites are along beautiful Grasshopper Creek. Bring xtra bug spray mid summer.There are picnic tables and clean restrooms in the parking lot by the townsite. Bring a lunch. Water for sale in gift shop. The granite mugs for sale are very heavy and nice. Books for sale you may not find other places. Huge pavilion for group rent across creek. If you have good tires & clearance, drive down canyon a bit. If you have good legs, plan hike to Road Agent Rock. Trail guide sign by power station, before cemetery is oriented oddly, look over your left shoulder. Can't drive/go to mine, bring zoom lens.

Visited October 2013
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Bannack is the best”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Bannack state park located near Dillon Mt. is the best preserved ghostown we have been to.
The knowledge and kindness of the park staff is exemplary. With many activities throughout the year make it a must for any vacation visit or a afternoon trip.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Tim S
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Silverdale, Washington
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613 reviews
498 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
“Beautiful ghost town.”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Granted, this was my first ghost town I had ever visited, but i thought it was cool. I expected the visitor's center to be closed, per the website, for the winter. However, it is still open due to volunteers from Americorp. If you are really into history, get the $2 guidebook for the town. Many houses are numbered, and the guidebook can give you certain information on that building. Most houses are empty, but you can still go inside and imaf=gine what they looked like years ago. Great place for photographs.

Visited October 2013
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Thank AF_Hiker
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Warsaw, Poland
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Magic place that everyone must see”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Unique and authentic historic west is now almost immposible to find. This place is absolutely compelling and a must see for everyone interested in history of USA (or just wild west stories).

Visited September 2013
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A fun place to relive and view the past”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Bannock State Park is well worth the side trip! It has been kept up. My husband's grandmother taught school there so the school house holds a special place for us. Bannock Days is a great time. Again, well worth the trip...may be a short time before the street, etc. is cleaned up from the flooding earlier in the summer

Visited September 2012
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Thank Anne M
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