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Release Date: 08/25/09
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

Antique Cash Register Stolen From Ghost Town

Burglars struck Garnet Ghost Town earlier this week, stealing an antique cash register from the Visitor Center.

Bureau of Land Management officials report that sometime between the night of Aug. 23 and the morning of Aug. 24, someone broke into the Visitor Center and made off with the register which is approximately 90 years old. BLM is asking the public—especially antiques dealers and pawn shops—to keep a look out for the metal register which has a wood base and drawer.  It was manufactured by the National Cash Register Co. in Dayton, Ohio.

“It’s an important piece of the Visitor Center and is greatly missed,” said Maria Craig, an archaeologist with the BLM’s Missoula Field Office. “We hope people will watch for it and that it will eventually return to Garnet.”

The Granite County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the theft and is investigating the incident.

To report information about the cash register, call the Missoula Field Office at (406) 329-3914 or the Granite County Sherriff’s Office at (406) 859-3215.

Located 35 miles east of Missoula, the ghost town was once an active gold-mining town with 1,000 residents. It is now publicly owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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