Canyon Creek Charcoal Kilns (in the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest):
A pretty drive up dirt roads will take you to the “Beehives”, kilns built in the 1870’s to produce charcoal for the silver and lead smelters. The architecture of these huge beehive-shaped kilns is fascinating.
Farlin (also in the National Forest):
A few buildings still remain from the 500-member mining community of Farlin, Montana, which once spread along the hills of Birch Creek. There’s a school and the butcher’s shop, as well as the smelter and some original mining equipment. A walk through nearby hills will reveal abandoned miner’s cabins, as well as a few active claims. It’s a neat outing, complimented by Birch Creek itself, a typically photogenic Montana stream.
Lewis and Clark
The Lewis and Clark Expedition cut through Montana in 1803-1806. There are several trail access points in the area, plus lots of local events celebrating their exploration.
Hell Roaring’ Gulch
The whole family will enjoy a stroll through the Gulch. Located just outside of Butte, this recreated 1890’s mining town is equipped with an array of period articles that will grab any antique collector’s attention. Buildings include the Chinese laundry, sauerkraut factory, funeral parlor and ice house, plus the school, general store and saloon. While you’re there, visit the World Museum of Mining and Orphan Girl Mine right next-door.
Bannack State Park
Bannack is one of the best preserved ghost towns in the west. Walk the boardwalks of the original territorial capital of Bannack – which stands empty but intact – and get the scoop on 1800’s politics at the accompanying Interpretation Center.
And Much More…
Want to find out the truth about the hanging of Sheriff Plummer by the group of solid citizens call The Vigilantes? Both the Dillon and Virginia City Museums have the answers. Take a tour of the special museums in Butte, from the Piccadilly Museum of Transportation Memorabilia to the Copper King Mansion.
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