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Date:  May 30, 2008
Contact:  Marilyn Krause  (406) 533-7617    

Garnet Ghost Town Offers Family-Style Wild West Fun

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The Garnet Preservation Association and the Bureau of Land Management will host Garnet Interpretive Day on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day promises families a fun, wild-west experience in Montana’s most intact ghost town – all for free! 

Located just 35 miles east of Missoula, the ghost town will be the site for gold panning demonstrations, music, kids’ games, pie auctions, and guided tours of the town. Timothy Ryan of the Salish-Kootenai Tribe will be talking about ancient technologies and travel-ways while demonstrating his flint knapping skills. A complete schedule of events is available at http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/missoula_field_office.html.

Lunch will be available for purchase on site. 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. The Bear Gulch Route is steeper and not suitable for towing units.

For more information on the event contact Dick Fichtler at the BLM Missoula Field Office, 406-329-3884.

More than 100 years ago, Garnet was an active gold-mining town with 1,000 residents, 31 businesses, and 13 saloons.  By the 1920s, the gold had played out, and the once prosperous town slowly went into a deep sleep until its last resident passed away.  The ghost town is now publicly owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.