Today was ghost town day. We headed east from Missoula
to Garnet, MT. Garnet was an 1890's mining town that finally gave
up about 1947 or so. Garnet is only 10 miles off I-90, but that 10
miles will take you 45 minutes to an hour to drive. The first 5 miles
aren't too bad, but that last few are very slow going on the one lane
dirt (not gravel) road.
We finally made it to Garnet. After parking the car, this shot was
taken from an observation point about halfway down from the parking
lot to the town.
This is an 1898 saloon. Its actually a very small building.
Miners and townspeople would have been crowded inside.
In the bottom left of the previous picture you can see this
ore cart. Used to move rock from the mines to water where it could be washed
Inside the saloon, we find these four Virginia Dare wine
Compared to the rest of the town, this hotel was huge. The
owner wanted something equal to the finest hotel in the capital of Helena, MT.
The hotel is three floors with the kitchen and dining on the first floor and the main
sleeping rooms on the second floor. The third floor was where miners could rent
a piece of floor to put their bedroll. At least it was dry.
Here we are inside the hotel's kitchen. The stoves are along
the right wall.
Just off from the kitchen there was a storage room. This cabinet,
like several of the furnishings, show artistic tin patterns.
This image shows the consruction of the town. Notched logs set
on a stone foundation with mud between the logs for insulation.
The next two shots are just some of the scenery. Despite the very
slow and rough road, we did very much enjoy the view around us.
It was raining around the Garnet ghost town and the Montana Rail Link
MoW (Maintenance of Way) people were working on the tracks. It wasn't until we
got back to Missoula that we had a chance to photograph a train. This is a BNSF coal
train operating over the MRL.
The fun picture for the day. Do you know what this is? Look below
the image for the answer.
It's a very early version of a baby walker. No plastic on this one.
It's all metal and I sure hope the wheels turned a little better when that baby was
trying to walk around in it.