Date: July 14, 2008
Contact: Ann Boucher (406) 896-5011
“The Surly Surveyor” Coming to Garnet Ghost Town
“The Surly Surveyor” will be in Garnet Ghost Town at 2 p.m. on August 2, describing a time when miners explored this region for mineral wealth and surveyors scrambled to keep up with the western expansion.
Sporting a jaunty beard and dressed in period garb, Rob Nurre of the Bureau of Land Management will assume the personality of the land surveyor who first mapped the Garnet area. Using the actual survey records for the site, Nurre will take the audience through the techniques and skills required to complete this arduous, yet precise, work.
Nurre engages his audience by recruiting some of them to act as crew members, squatters, and even a wooden corner post. It is a fun and fascinating program that teaches a great history lesson and instills an appreciation for the role of these early surveyors in the development of our country.
The program runs 30-45 minutes. The program is free, but admission to the ghost town is $3 per person 16 years and older. For more information, contact Dick Fichtler at 406-329-3884.
Garnet Ghost Town is about 35 miles east of Missoula. From Highway 200, turn south on the Garnet Range Road between mile marker 22 and 23 and travel about 11 miles to Garnet Ghost Town. Visitors using I-90 should take the Bearmouth or Drummond Exit, then the Frontage Road to Bear Gulch. Garnet is 10 miles north on Bear Gulch Road. This route is steeper and not suitable for towing units.
The ghost town is publicly owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.