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Release Date: 05/26/11
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Snow-Packed Roads Limit Access To Garnet Ghost Town

Weekend weather conditions and snow-packed roads will limit access to Garnet Ghost Town this Memorial Day holiday.

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management’s Missoula Field Office warn the public that travel to Montana’s best-preserved ghost town is extremely treacherous and impassable in places due to snow and road conditions. There is currently no available parking due to snow at the historic site located 40 miles east of Missoula.

On a more positive note, the BLM says the annual Garnet Ghost Town Day will go on as planned next month. The festivities will bring the town alive on June 25 and the public is encouraged to make plans now to attend the event.

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.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012