Another ghost town day.

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Grey Feather in the morning.
 
      We decided to go back into Virginia City this am and to just have a further
 look around...truth be told there was this old time candy store and I wanted
 to check out what they had, lol. Virginia City also had an old tyme photo place
 but it was kind of expensive so we decided to bypass that. I'm not really sure why
 since I managed to find and get my pic taken at every other one we found in the 3
 state area, lol. The candy store was defintely worth the stop, they had tons
 and tons of candy some of which I had never even heard of. So after buying a bag
 or 2 or 3 of penny candies we decided to head off to Bannack State Park.
 Bannack State Park is another Ghost Town although the difference between it and
 Virginia and Nevada Cities is that it has no residents.
A little taste of home.
 
 
     A man named John White discovered deposits of placer gold along Grasshopper Creek in 1862 and once word got out people started coming to the area to do their own prospecting. A mining town developed from this and it was originally called Bannnock after the Bannock Indians, however when the town name was submitted to Washington in 1863 it was inadvertedly misspelled so the offical town name became Bannack; It was briefly the terrotirial capitol. The town's population peaked at around 3,000 in the spring of 1863 however the population dwindled once it became known that richer finds were to be had at the Alder Gulch, as a result on February 7, 1865 the decison was made to move the territorial capitol to Virginia City.
  Most of the population left after non-essential mining was banned at the start of WWII and the last resident to leave the town was in the 1970's, the state know owns the entire site in addition to 1,600 acres.
 
      The buildings are left like they were when folks lived here minus most of furniture.  It was a really cool place although it was also slightly creepy. Most of the  buildings were open so you could wonder thru the houses. They gave you a booklet  that had building information on it about each building in the town. It was a pretty  lonely place was actually exactly what I thought a ghost town would be like, it  wasn't busy that day so that really added to the atmosphere.
Looking down Main St.
  
 
      After wondering around Bannack for a couple of hours we headed out towards Butte where we were spending the night. The Copper King hotel was pretty nice although I  couldn't say the same about the hotel restaurant which we tried to eat at. I tried  to order 4 different things and every time I attempted to order I was told they  were out that particular thing, needless to say we decided to eat elsewhere.
 The hotel had a huge swimming pool and water slide. I discovered that it really  doesn't matter how old you are a water slide brings out the kid in all of us, lol.
Aditu says:
LOL
Posted on: Jul 05, 2009
vances says:
lol, glad you know when to let it slide!
Posted on: Jul 03, 2009
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Grey Feather in the morning.
Grey Feather in the morning.
A little taste of home.
A little taste of home.
Looking down Main St.
Looking down Main St.
Originally the courthouse this bui…
Originally the courthouse this bu…
View from the hotel.
View from the hotel.
Inside the hotel.
Inside the hotel.
The old staircase.
The old staircase.
The path to the gallows.
The path to the gallows.
Looking down on Bannack.
Looking down on Bannack.
Me and mom.
Me and mom.
Mom.
Mom.
The Methodist church, built in 187…
The Methodist church, built in 18…
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
The view around town.
The view around town.
The masonic lodge/school building …
The masonic lodge/school building…
Outside the Masonic Lodge/school b…
Outside the Masonic Lodge/school …
The Governors house.
The Governor's house.
Inside
Inside
The Copper King Hotel
The Copper King Hotel
The pool and slide!
The pool and slide!
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photo by: Aditu