Over the summer of 2015, we visited the fantastic little ghost town of Bannack, Montana, which has been preserved and turned into a state park. It is similar to Bodie State Historical Park but with fewer buildings and no mill tour. Still, remaining ghost towns from the gold rush days are rare and this one is worth the visit.
I won’t write up the history here, except to say that it was founded in 1862 when placer gold was discovered by John McGavin and John White on Grasshopper Creek. Two years later it became the first territorial capital of Montana. Sheriff Henry Plumber and his gang of Road Agents were hanged by Vigilantes after being suspected of numerous robberies and murders. You can read all about it in various books on the site and on the Bannack State Park website.