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    Ghost Town: Bannack, Montana

    On July 28, 1862, John White made a gold strike at what became known as the Grasshopper Diggings, and soon the nearby boomtown of Bannack was born in southwestern Montana (part of Idaho Territory at the time). Named for the Bannock...

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    Ghost Towns: Comet, Montana

    In 1869 John W. Russell discovered silver galena ore on High Ore Creek, a tributary of the Boulder River. Four years later he obtained a patent on 17.7 acres, which included the “Comet” mine, his home, a second house and an “ore...

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    Colt Idol

    The 20-something Montana oil painter has branded himself ‘The New Face of the Old West’...

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    Ghost Town: Garnet, Montana

    Lode mines were discovered at the 6,500-foot level in the Garnet Mountains as early as 1867, when prospectors from Bear Gulch, 2,000 feet below, wandered up First Chance Creek looking for the source of their placer gold. But the area was...

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    Ghost Town: Elkhorn, Montana

    In 1870 Swiss immigrant Peter Wys, prospecting for gold in the Elkhorn Mountains, northeast of Boulder, Montana Territory, discovered silver galena ore. Development didn’t begin until after Wys died in 1872 and Anton M. Holter acquired...

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    Ghost Town: Castle, Montana

    In 1882 prospector Hanson H. Barnes found outcrops of silver and lead while roaming the southern flank of the Castle Mountains in Meagher County, Montana Territory. Two years later Barnes got around to recording his remote discoveries,...

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    Johnny Grant and Conrad Kohrs Founded the Montana Cattle Industry

    The Grant-Kohrs Ranch honors their contributions. When westbound emigrants reached what would become Idaho and Montana in the 1840s–50s, their livestock was often severely trail-worn. Fortunately some enterprising souls at trading posts...

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    Ghost Towns: Emery, Montana

    In 1872 H.L. Hoffman and George Boothroyd first discovered placer gold in Rocker Gulch, a tributary of Cottonwood Creek, seven miles east of Cottonwood City (as Deer Lodge was then known). But their success was modest. Not until the late...

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    Mari Bolen

    From Montana’s Bitterroot Valley sculptor Bolen renders emotive bronzes of Plains Indians and other subjects...