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    Default Montana Ghost Towns

    Greetings,

    This is my first post. I love photographing ghost towns. I am currently interested in Montana. I have visited many internet sites and have done a search on this forum to seek out information. I don't want to make the long journey from Alaska to Montana, if the ghost towns I have been reading about are all no longer standing or those who own the land will not allow you to enter the property. Can someone point me to a current book or information on Montana ghost towns or your personal experiences?. I am planning to incorrporate a ghost town trip and Yellowstone. I love B&W photography...

    Thanks.
    dw

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    Hello DW .
    About the best I can do for now,is go to the bottom.And you'll see "Ghost towns and History of the United States and Canada".Click on this.
    It will be the home page.On the left is an icon of the U.S.Click on this,then you'll see the states.
    Go to Montana.When this is brought up,you then can have a listing of the
    towns in alphabetical order,or by county.
    Bannack and Virginia City are some nice ones.
    My pard in Montana has been to Bannack.
    You have a good week.

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    Yeah I have several ghost towns scoped out...Bannack, Coolidge, Elkhorn, Comet, Wickes and Mammoth. Pony, Laurin, Alder, Virgina City, Nevada City.

    I think I will by ghost towned out by all that, so it will be on to Yellowstone for about 4-5 days...maybe take in a day horseback trip and finally end the trip at Chico Hot Springs before heading back to Alaska.

    Thanks for the help.

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    You're welcome.
    Enjoy yourself while there.

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    Hey DW. Bannack and Coolidge are great. I was there a few years back and really enjoyed them. Not far from Coolidge is a place theey call crystal mountain where you can go and dig for crystals. We really enjoyed that....Speedy

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    Default Garnet

    Thanks Speedy, hey one more question concerning Garnet, if anyone has driven there, I hear the road or Garnet backcountry byway route as you're coming from Butte I-90 way, is kinda scary with some pretty hairy switchbacks and steep enbankments...anyone recently take that road....wonder if it is still pretty narrow with hairpen corners. I could drive around to hwy 200 but that would be a ways out of the way. I plan on renting a SUV so if you have gone that way let me know if I can make it without too much whiteknuckling driving. Thanks!!

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    Can anyone tell me if there is anything left at Southern Cross ghost town?

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    Dig through my vacation photos at
    http://caver.smugmug.com/Vacation
    and you might find something of interest. Probably years 2004 and 2006 for Montana stuff.
    Brad

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    Hi Devilwoman,
    Don't want to toot my own horn, but my book, 'Ghost Towns and Mining Districts of Montana' will give you a pretty up-to-date idea of what is still standing in Montana. The book came out last year and you can order a copy by going to:
    www.terryhalden.com

    The book has got good reviews, even being compared to what is considered the bible of Montana ghost town books, 'Montana Pay Dirt' by Muriel Sibell Woole, that came out in the 1960's

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    Very nice, Brad. I'm thinin' maybe a trip up to Butte is in the cards...

    Quote Originally Posted by caver View Post
    Dig through my vacation photos at
    http://caver.smugmug.com/Vacation
    and you might find something of interest. Probably years 2004 and 2006 for Montana stuff.

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