Even the ghosts are smiling and saying, "Love what you've done to the place."

Okay, we can't confirm that. But we can tell you that if you visit Bannack State this year, you will like what you see.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wanted us to share the news that volunteers and FWP staff recently completed a major revitalization project at Bannack, located about 20 miles west of Dillon. The 23-person volunteer crew participated through "A Year to Volunteer." This project brings together people who travel in their recreational vehicles to perform service in communities around the country. With help from FWP staff, volunteers donated 1,011 hours of service over the course of nine days. Their work accomplished several projects benefiting the park:

>500 feet of boardwalk reconstructed

>New steps and stringers installed on the Hotel Meade front porch

>253 windows cleaned

>35 buildings deep cleaned

>Porch roof and floor replaced at the Mabel Ovitt House

>Graffiti removed in 10 buildings

Bannack State Park is a National Historic Landmark and the site of Montana’s first major gold discovery in 1862. More than 50 historic buildings line Bannack’s Main Street. The park holds events throughout the year to commemorate Bannack’s significant role in Montana history.

Park staff puts in lots of time to preserve the historic infrastructure while keeping it open to visitors year-round. FWP relies heavily on partnerships with nonprofit organizations, businesses and other supporters to accomplish this work. They want to thank all those who donated time, labor and materials this season to improve the experience for visitors at Bannack, while preserving its historical integrity.

I probably should put this one back on the list of Montana summer day trips. It's been awhile. You can check out Montana FWP's Bannack page here.


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