Gold was discovered in 1862 and by 1864, Bannack was the territorial capital. Eighty years later, the town was completely abandoned; today, the site is a state park and visitors can wander through many of the 50 preserved buildings. If you want to try your prospector luck, head over to nearby Grasshopper Creek to pan for some nuggets.
Virginia City, Montana - Photo by zetrules
This place did about as well as the Presidential namesake. Not only is the place completely abandoned, many of the buildings are collapsing, making it a perfect Halloween haunt.
Another state park, Elkhorn was a silver mining town. The cemetery is the big draw here.
One of the best-preserved ghost towns in Montana, this place was a gold mining town. Visitors may poke through the jail, blacksmith's and various private homes.
Its location near Yellowstone National Park has made Virginia City a popular tourist attraction. The lovely Victorian buildings housed many of the gold-mining towns' best residents.
Do you have a favorite ghost town in Montana?
By Anna Philpot