Located 35 miles east of Missoula, the town will come alive with people portraying early Garnet residents and other turn-of-the-century characters in period costumes. In various locations around the once-booming mining town, these “ghosts from the past” will describe what life was like for residents back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
At 1 p.m., historian Allan Mathews will give an in-depth talk on Garnet’s early history.
For a nominal fee, visitors will also have the chance to pan for gold throughout the day.
More than 100 years ago, Garnet was an active gold-mining town, but after a fire destroyed many of the buildings and as the gold became more difficult to mine, the once prosperous town slowly went into a deep sleep until its last full-time resident passed away in 1947. The ghost town is now publicly owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
To reach Garnet from Highway 200, turn south on the Garnet Range Road between mile markers 22 and 23 and travel about 11 miles to Garnet Ghost Town.
Visitors using I-90 should take the Bearmouth or Drummond exit, then take the Frontage Road to Bear Gulch. Garnet is 10 miles north on Bear Gulch Road. The Bear Gulch Route is steeper and not suitable for towing units.
For more information on Garnet History Day, contact the BLM’s Missoula Field Office at (406) 329-3914.
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