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Garnet ghost town
Located just minutes from Montana Jellystone, the Garnet Ghost Town offers a unique opportunity to view life as it was in the early 1900’s. This town, never built to last, was a haven for gold miners and their families. Many people still visit Garnet today searching for wealth in the hills around the town.
There were about fifty mines in the area. Placer miners were active in the area as early as the 1860's and placer gold was found in the First Chance Gulch in 1865, most of which was recovered by drift diggings. It wasn't until an abundance of gold was discovered at the Nancy Hanks Mine in 1898 that Garnet became a boomtown. It then became a host to nearly 1,000 people. There were hotels, saloons, stores, a school, a Chinese laundry and barbershops but by 1950 the town was deserted.
Many millions in gold were taken from the Garnet area from 1862 to 1916. In 1867 the mother lode was discovered, it contained three main veins, and several pockets of rich ore. The largest boom came in the 1890's when the mining companies came and consolidated the best properties.
The richest mine was the Nancy Hanks, which produced $690,000 in the peak year of 1896. Garnet then had seven saloons, three hotels, and a daily stage between Bearmouth and Coloma. The Nancy Hank mine continued to work, on and off, until 1954. Between the years of 1897 and 1917 $950,000 had been produced, 95% of which was gold, the remaining was copper and silver. During the 1950's efforts were made to pump out the Nancy Hank mine. By 1960 the Montana School of Mines declared the mine dead, unprofitable.
Old Montana prison
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Montana Prison was built in the late 1800’s and still used actively until 1979. This castle-like stone structure was the first territorial prison in the western United States. Feel what it was like to serve time in the "Big House" when winters were cold and the summers made a man think of escape. Through guided and self-guided tours you can experience how many of Montana's famous outlaws “did time”.
While visiting the “Big House”, enjoy the modern day amenities of Montana Jellystone. Offering a wealth of conveniences, including pull through campsites, a heated pool, family playground and information about local sightseeing and day trips, the Missoula, Montana Jellystone campground is a great place for families.
Located 45 miles south of Missoula, stands the mansion of Copper Magnate, Marcus Daly. The Daly Mansion and the estate known as "Riverside", were once part of Daly's 22,000 acre Bitterroot Stock Farm. The Mansion occupies 24,000 square feet on three floors, with 24 bedroom, 14 bathrooms, and 7 fireplaces.
Today, the Mansion and fifty acres of grounds surrounding it are owned by the State of Montana, managed by the Daly Mansion Preservation Trust, and recognized as a National Historic Site.
A popular place for weddings and private parties, the Daly Mansion is also host to several events during the year including, a who-done-it mystery party open to the general public.
9900 Jellystone Avenue, Missoula, MT 59808
Decimal coordinates (latitude, longitude):46.9616563,-114.1317483