BANNACK GHOST TOWN
Gold was struck near Grasshopper Creek in 1862 and the fledgling town of Bannack, Montana was founded. Bannack was named for the nearby Bannock Indians, however, a mistake in Washington forever named the town Bannack. In 1864, Bannack was briefly the territory capital before moving to Virginia City just a little more than 80 miles to the East.
GOLD MINING 1862 – 1930’s
Gold mining drew as many as 3000 residents to Bannack in the early years. The population had as many as 10,000. Businesses sprouted up supporting the mining town. In town, there were three hotels, three bakeries, three blacksmith shops, two stables, two meat markets, a grocery store, a restaurant, a brewery, a billiard hall, and four saloons.