Clark Canyon Reservoir BLM
One place we really wanted to visit was Bannack State Park's ghost town and mine. Bannack was founded in 1862 when John White discovered gold on Grasshopper Creek.
You can take a self guided tour for free or for $4 you can take the guided tour which gets you a drive in an old truck and to places you cannot otherwise explore.
This is inside the mine buildings where the poisonous materials were mixed.
Above is an example of the splicing of huge timbers which hold up the roof.
Grasshopper Creek runs through the park and is full of deer and, beaver and other wildlife.
There are walkways along both sides of the street.
You can walk inside the buildings and look around. Some have more furnishings than others.
The old schoolhouse downstairs and the Masonic Lodge upstairs.
The Masonic Lodge, amazingly preserved.
I think the ghosts in this house were in Timeout a lot.
The Jail with a couple of criminals inside, looking out.
The church to the above, left.
Some of the homes were still in very good condition. It reminded me of some of the old cabins in Tin Cup, Colorado that some families still live in.
Piano and poker tables.
You can also get a haircut at the other end of the bar.
The lovely brick Goodrich Hotel with its sweeping staircase.
Shoe maker tools.
I just love old ceramic and crystal doorknobs.
My sister-in-law, Diane and my brother, Steve taking a rest along the way.
The grounds were really pretty too as you walked around the creek.
It was pretty cool. There was a hole drilled into a large rock and the cache was hidden inside. We spent about 3 hours walking around on our own after the guided tour. So much history. Afterward we drove back to Dillon and walked around a little bit then got something to eat and drink at the brewery. We could've spent a couple of more hours walking through town in the museum and local historic places.
They had a great beer selection to sample.
Diane and I sampled the other beverages.
Before leaving we fished a little. This is a really good stop-action picture I happened to get. Notice the water splashing up around my brothers boot. The fish had spit the hook and he didn't want to lose it so he went in after it. The fish lost.
While we fished my Steve did a great job rehanging his first dual blind. That's one down and 3 more to do!
Here's a picture of the lake that shows the campgrounds that surround the lake. We stayed at Beaverhead at the top, right, just off the highway. On our way out we dumped at the Lewis and Clark campground across from it.
Dillon was a great town to explore and staying for free at Beaverhead BLM right on the lake was perfect. The fishing was amazing and we'd go back again if in the area.