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Bannack, Montana

On July 28, 1862, John White and other members of the "Pikes Peakers” discovered gold in the creek waters where Bannack stands today. It was the beginning for both Bannack and the State of Montana, considered one of the last frontiers. The creek was originally named Willard Creek by the Lewis and Clark Expedition when they came through in 1805. But, due to the large grasshopper population in 1862, it was renamed Grasshopper Creek.

The Colorado prospectors filed one of the first gold claims in what was Idaho Territory at the time and, would later become Montana. News of the strike traveled fast and led to the greatest rush to the West since the California Gold Rush in 1848. A mining camp was quickly built, literally springing up overnight. Most of the miners lived in tents, caves, dugouts, shanties, huts, and wagons.

Bannack, MT - Bachelors' Row

Bannack, MT - Bachelors' Row

Bannack, MT - Bachelors' Row - 3

Bannack, MT - Bachelors' Row - 3

Bannack, MT - Bachelors' Row House

Bannack, MT - Bachelors' Row House

Bannack, MT - Barn and Wagon

Bannack, MT - Barn and Wagon

Bannack, MT - Building Through Window

Bannack, MT - Building Through Window

Bannack, MT - Cabin

Bannack, MT - Cabin

Bannack, MT - Cemetery

Bannack, MT - Cemetery

Bannack, MT - Cemetery Monument

Bannack, MT - Cemetery Monument

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade - Interior

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade - Interior

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade Staircase

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade Staircase

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade Staircase

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade Staircase

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade Staircase - 2

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade Staircase - 2

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade Today

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade Today

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade Vintage

Bannack, MT - Courthouse-Hotel Meade Vintage

Bannack, MT - Gallows

Bannack, MT - Gallows

Bannack, MT - Gibson Buildings

Bannack, MT - Gibson Buildings

Bannack, MT - Grasshopper Creek

Bannack, MT - Grasshopper Creek

Bannack, MT - House

Bannack, MT - House

Bannack, MT - House - 2

Bannack, MT - House - 2

Bannack, MT - House - 3

Bannack, MT - House - 3