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Helena, Bozeman, and Southwest Montana Sights

Bannack State Historic Park

  • Historic District/Site

Fodor's Review

Bannack was Montana's first territorial capital and the site of the state's first major gold strike, on July 28, 1862, at Grasshopper Creek. Now Bannack State Historic Park, this frontier boomtown has historic structures lining the main street, and picnic and camping spots. It was here that the notorious renegade Sheriff Henry Plummer and two of his deputies were caught and executed by vigilantes for murder and robbery. A re-creation of the gallows on which Plummer was

hanged still stands. Rumors persist that Plummer's stash of stolen gold was hidden somewhere in the mountains near here and never found.

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Sight Information


Bannack, Montana, United States


406-834–3413; 406-834–3413


Sight Details:

  • $5 per out-of-state vehicle; free for vehicles with Montana license plates
  • Park Memorial Day–Labor Day, daily 8–9; Labor Day–Memorial Day, daily 8–5. Visitor center late May–early Sept., daily 10–6; Sept., daily 11–5; Oct., weekends 11–5; limited hrs in May


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