Ghost Towns in Western Montana

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Ghost Towns Treasures of the Past

Treasures of the Past

During the late 1850s, prospectors struck gold in Montana. And by the turn of the century, thriving boomtowns were scattered throughout the state. Once the gold disappeared, so did the people, turning the once wild and roaring mining camps into historic ghost towns in Montana. Over the years, millions of dollars of gold, silver, copper, zinc and other precious ores have been taken from the landscape.

Today, these towns stand as a reminder of the past and the miners, families and men and women who made a living working the mountains and streams here. Listen closely and you may hear the sounds of a piano melody from an old saloon floating through the empty streets. And who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of a long-forgotten miner clutching a cache of gold.

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