Located east of Missoula in western Montana, Garnet is Montana’s best preserved ghost town. This was a gold mining town and in 1898 about 1,000 people lived here. There were four stores, four hotels, a union hall, a school, a doctor’s office and 13 saloons and about 20 mines operating during the height of the gold rush. By 1905, only about 150 people were still living here. A fire in 1912 and World War I caused most of the rest of the people to leave. By 1940, it had become a ghost town. The visitor center is open from Memorial Day through September.
Located in central Montana. This monument consists of 375,000 acres of rugged landscape with endless recreational opportunities and historical and cultural significance. The river that runs through it is the river that Lewis and Clark took and the waterway for trappers and traders. Visit the Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center located at Fort Benton to learn about the history and culture of the area. You can float the river, fish, hike, hunt, camp or just enjoy the solitude and peace of the area. Much of the monument is not accessible by road but can be enjoyed on foot.
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