This Creepy Ghost Town In Montana Is The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of

Montana has quite a few ghost towns, most of which are more charming than creepy. But most of them don’t have the colorful history and rumored hauntings of Bannack. This ghost town feels a little more eerie than the rest.

In 1862, when gold was discovered in Grasshopper Creek by John White and other members of the Colorado Pikes Peakers, Bannack was founded. By the next year, 3,000 people called it home, and the city was thriving. The area grew fast and stayed popular for years, but when the mining slowed down after the end of the gold rush, the population dwindled. By 1940, the town was shut down.

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Bannack State Park is a beautiful place to visit. You can even camp about ¼ mile from the ghost town site, if you dare. But don’t be surprised if you see a bit more than you bargained for.