U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Missoula Field Office
|Release Date: 10/12/10|
Make Plans to Rent Garnet Ghost Town Cabins This Winter
Now is the time to plan for a winter getaway to the ghost town of Garnet, which was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Bureau of Land Management has two cabins available to rent from December through April at the historic site located 40 miles east of Missoula.
Weekend reservations fill quickly, so a lottery drawing will be held the first Friday in November to determine cabin renters. Applications are available now and must be completed and turned in by Nov. 5 to be eligible for the lottery. After the lottery, cabin vacancies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cabins come furnished with beds, dishes, gas cook stoves, lanterns, and wood heat stoves. The Dahl Cabin sleeps up to six for $40 per night, and the McDonald Cabin sleeps four for $30 per night.
The only way to access Garnet in winter is via snowmobile, skis, snowshoes or dog sled. There are two routes into Garnet in the winter:
For more information about cabin rentals or to receive an application, call the BLM’s Missoula Field Office at 406-329-3914.
Garnet Ghost Town is located in the northernmost tip of Granite County, nestled in the Garnet Range of the Rocky Mountains, about 40 miles southeast of Missoula, and 14 miles northwest of Drummond. At its peak, more than 100 years ago, Garnet was a thriving gold-mining town with numerous hotels, a newspaper, an assay office, two barber shops, a meat market, several general stores, a blacksmith shop, a jail, a stage stop, and almost a dozen saloons.
As the gold played out in the early 1900s, the once-prosperous town slowly slipped into a deep sleep until New Deal policies of the 1930s, which supported a doubling of the price of gold, resulted in mines reopening and several hundred residents returning to Garnet. The revival was short-lived and restrictions on the private use of dynamite applied at the onset of World War II dealt Garnet a death blow. Frank Davey, Garnet’s last full-time resident, passed away in 1947. Though never producing the tonnage of gold that its contemporaries at Bannack, Virginia City, Helena or Butte did, Garnet took its place as the last of the 19th-century Montana “boom” towns associated with the American dream of “striking it rich,” and became the predominant mining center of the Garnet Range. The ghost town is now publicly owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Proceeds from the cabin rental program are used for the on-going preservation and interpretation of the town.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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