Named after the Bannock Indians, the buildings in this old mining village have seen many uses. This one above was the school house on the lower level, and the Masonic Lodge on the second floor. Note the village name was mistaken when it was submitted to the Post Office, thus becoming BannAck instead of BannOck.
And a hotel (Hotel Meade)…
…and some mining artifacts…
This neat village is outside Dillon, MT. We spent the night there in the campground, which entitled us to enter the park village for free. It has gone from gold town to ghost town, but as we walked the street and boardwalk and explored the many buildings, we could only imagine the bustle of activity that filled the area with laughter, sorrow, gossip and greed all those many years ago.
From the town booklet:
“Bannack is not a dead ghost town, but a living classroom. For future generations to understand how far and from where we have come, we must recall our past, both the good and the bad.” ~Stan Smith
Stay tuned for the Griswold’s next adventure, y’all! We are off exploring today. Go check out my Montana ‘10 photos for more photos of the village. Click on that link in yesterday’s post.