Do you know what town hanged its first sheriff? Do you know where the first territorial capital of Montana was? The ghost town of Bannack State Park is your answer. Founded in 1862 with the discovery of gold by John White, Bannack’s population exploded to over 3,000 residents in just one year. Some made it rich, but many of the hopeful struggled to even make it back to their families, and by the 1950’s Bannack became the ghost town and state park we know and love today.
Our park is home to 113 structures, 1,634 acres of state land and a storied history that visitors come to experience every day. Bannack receives 46,000+ visitors a year and the boardwalk provides a safe and user-friendly way to tour this important, historic, and cultural resource. Unfortunately, the boardwalk has seen better days, or maybe better years would be more accurate. Originally installed in the 1990’s, our boardwalk and the stringers supporting them are rotting and making touring Bannack difficult. Thankfully, in 2020 The Bannack Association began “Strolling the Streets of Bannack,” to raise money and materials to replace the boardwalks and make Bannack accessible so people of all abilities can stroll our streets safely and comfortably.
Fortunately, we have secured the help of “A Year to Volunteer” a group of fulltime RVers and volunteers with the skills necessary to rebuild the boardwalk. We could still use help securing monetary or material donations to get this project properly completed. With the help of The Bannack Association, we were able to secure some funding, but not nearly enough to fully replace our boardwalk.
We need your help! Our goal is to raise enough money to replace our boardwalks so visitors can safely stroll the streets of Bannack.