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The abandoned Gold Rush town in Montana that once bustled with 100,000 prospectors now lies empty...
The Daily Mail | 27 June 2013 | James Nye

Posted on 06/28/2013 9:40:55 AM PDT by bkepley

Once home to 10,000 hungry prospectors, each with a golden glint in their eye, these are the ruins of the town of Bannack - now a ghostly shell of its gilded past.

Founded in 1862 as the first territorial capital of Montana, the abandoned and silent town still boasts 60 structures - all of which can be explored by history lovers of the Old West.

Built along the banks of Grasshopper Creek, at its peak Bannack's Main Street had three hotels, three bakeries, three blacksmith shops, two stables, a grocery store, a restaurant, a billiard hall and of course, four saloons.


TOPICS: History; Travel
KEYWORDS: bannack; godsgravesglyphs; montana; vanity
I love Bannack
1 posted on 06/28/2013 9:40:55 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: bkepley
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2350339/Abandoned-Montana-Historic-Gold-Rush-town-lies-ghostly-glory.html
2 posted on 06/28/2013 9:42:36 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have known that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional news?)
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To: bkepley

Fun to visit.


3 posted on 06/28/2013 9:42:42 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bkepley

I love salted peanuts and I’m not wearing any socks.


4 posted on 06/28/2013 9:43:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Very cool. The place is in remarkably good shape.


5 posted on 06/28/2013 9:46:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: bkepley
Amazingly great shape considering that the last of the town died in the 1940s and most of it long before that.

People sure knew how to build back then.

While I understand it is still young compared to the castles in Europe, remember that these buildings were built by ordinary Americans, not legions of serfs or slaves which could be commanded by royalty.

6 posted on 06/28/2013 9:48:36 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: bkepley

At least only 1 in 10 were hungry.


7 posted on 06/28/2013 9:51:59 AM PDT by BookaT
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To: bkepley

Deadwood


8 posted on 06/28/2013 9:56:34 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Thanks


9 posted on 06/28/2013 9:57:26 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: bkepley

Yeah, and there’s also even more ghostly Virginia City, Mt NE of Yellowstone. On my last visit there was a still a saloon amid a row of abandoned storefronts and grazing wild horses across the narrow rural highway. I’ve got to find me pictures of the place! Could be a wonderful destination to vanish should the mood strike and a cozy DIY cabin suits ya okay.


10 posted on 06/28/2013 9:58:22 AM PDT by Dysart ( I'm terribly busy these days, but I read my posts whenever I can.)
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To: bkepley
The abandoned Gold Rush town in Montana that once bustled with 100,000 prospectors ...
Once home to 10,000 hungry prospectors ...

Somewhere between the title and the first sentence, you lost 90,000 prospectors.
11 posted on 06/28/2013 9:59:14 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Dysart

I like Virginia city too especially Boot Hill.


12 posted on 06/28/2013 10:00:25 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: bkepley

I thought this was going to be a story about Butte.


13 posted on 06/28/2013 10:13:19 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: oh8eleven
Somewhere between the title and the first sentence, you lost 90,000 prospectors.

The Montana octagonal.
14 posted on 06/28/2013 10:15:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: oh8eleven

Apparently, 10,000 of the prospectors were hungry, the other 90,000 had full stomachs.

Or an extra “0” was placed in the headline.


15 posted on 06/28/2013 10:20:05 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms should be a chain of convenience stores.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
Apparently, 10,000 of the prospectors were hungry, the other 90,000 had full stomachs.
I noticed that - thought the same thing. LOL ...
16 posted on 06/28/2013 10:22:39 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: blueunicorn6

Bear Butte, SD?


17 posted on 06/28/2013 10:23:21 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: bkepley

Looks like a pretty good fixer-upper! :-)


18 posted on 06/28/2013 10:26:57 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: bkepley

How is it that a town less than 20 miles from an interstate highway can lie abandoned?


19 posted on 06/28/2013 10:59:01 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: bkepley

I thought Boot Hill was inTombstone.


20 posted on 06/28/2013 11:21:45 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Flip city!


21 posted on 06/28/2013 11:23:15 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

I think there are a lot of Boot Hill’s just like there’s a lot of Virginia City’s.


22 posted on 06/28/2013 11:32:30 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: cripplecreek

“I love salted peanuts and I’m not wearing any socks.”

Who would have imagined that there are ghost towns in the American West? Hopefully, someone will confirm the existance of tumbleweeds as well. /s


23 posted on 06/28/2013 11:43:57 AM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: Owl558

The ghost towns here I Colorado are usually nestled on some mountain pass or on some remote mountain trail. A 4WD is definitely needed but it a destination looking for a trip and oh-by-the-way, the scenery is stunning.


24 posted on 06/28/2013 12:23:26 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

A couple of what look like Fords in the pictures. Might be worth something.


25 posted on 06/28/2013 12:25:28 PM PDT by dhs12345
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“The ghost towns here in Colorado are usually nestled on some mountain pass or on some remote mountain trail.”

I’ve always wanted to visit Pike’s Peak and Summit County. The western gold/silver rushes are such a unique piece of American history.

Man-history


26 posted on 06/28/2013 3:09:09 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: bkepley

Ah there’s that famous Daily Mail attention to detail: 100,000 or 10,000 prospectors, whatever.


27 posted on 06/28/2013 9:43:03 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: cripplecreek

Except those aren’t the names of a town.


28 posted on 06/28/2013 9:43:58 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Zhang Fei

Yes that happens. Some of the coal towns in southern Colorado went from thousands of people to completely abandoned with barely a half dozen partial buildings remaining in fifty years.


29 posted on 06/28/2013 9:46:41 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Owl558

That drive up the shelf road to Cripple Creek will take a couple of months off your life.


30 posted on 06/28/2013 9:46:48 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: bkepley

31 posted on 06/28/2013 9:56:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Owl558
The Cripple Creek and Victor area. Yes! Many early prominent Coloradoans made their fortunes in this area. At one point in the 1800s it was producing more gold than any other place on the Earth.

The story...

Gold was discovered in Cripple Creek by Bob Womack the town drunk. He stumbled across a rock while prospecting and claimed that it was gold. No one believed him. After all he was the town drunk! So as a joke it was put in the assayers office window and there it sat for months until a dentist saw it and asked why such a valuable rock would be placed in a window. He confirmed that it was indeed gold.

Robert Womack died a pauper.

32 posted on 06/29/2013 6:20:22 PM PDT by dhs12345
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Thanks bkepley.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


33 posted on 06/30/2013 5:37:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Highways make it easy to just zip past, no reason to stop there. Lots of towns are dead/dying because of freeways.


34 posted on 06/30/2013 5:46:37 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It’s cared for, notice the mowed lawns.


35 posted on 06/30/2013 9:44:00 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: ctdonath2

According to the article this ghost town is preserved in a state park.


36 posted on 06/30/2013 9:52:25 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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