This County In Montana Was One Of The Most Dangerous Places In The Nation In The 1860s

Beaverhead County sits in the southwest corner of the state — but despite being Montana’s largest county, it’s also one of the least populated. And it happens to be home to Bannack State Park, one of our earliest settlements and first territorial capital.

These days, Bannack is a peaceful ghost town that is well-maintained and fun to tour. But in the 1860s, it was a very dangerous place to be.

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Needless to say, Montana is a much safer place now. In fact, this story makes our list of most dangerous cities seem very tame.