Located 35 miles east of Missoula, the ghost town will come alive with storytelling, gold-panning demonstrations, music, kids’ games, a pie auction, and guided tours of the town by a BLM park ranger.
Another highlight of the day’s family-friendly festivities is the ice cream social which was an annual event 100 years ago in Garnet. Lunch will also be available for purchase on site.
Visitors to the day-long event will be charged the standard usage fee of $3; no admission is charged for those 15 and younger.
Garnet Interpretive Day is an tribute to all those people who lived, worked, and panned for gold in the Garnet Mountains. While the annual event is always a fun-filled day, it’s also a time for reflection and hearing tales about the past.
“This year, we are going to have two speakers: Hal Stearns will be telling stories at 11 a.m. and Karen Steven will be speaking at 1 p.m.,” said Maria Craig, Outdoor Recreation Planner with the BLM’s Missoula Field Office.
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 the event, contact the BLM’s Missoula Field Office at (406) 329-3914.
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