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Get Over to Garnet!

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A Garnet building. (McConnell Photo)
The Garnet Interpretive Day will be Saturday June 25th from 10:30 to 4pm. Even if you miss that, this is one ghost town that you should visit. Parts of it are being swallowed up by the forest. It has a great “old time” atmosphere, and the people who are trying to preserve it are great folks.
It’s 35 miles east of Missoula off Highway 200. The admission is $3 a day and kids 15 years of age and younger are free.
June 25th there will be demonstrations of gold panning and music and the presentation of the official National Register of Historic Places sign. Terry Wolfgram will talk about the history of the area at 2:30pm. And there will be an ice cream social, along with guided tours of the ghost town.
Garnet was a gold-mining town a century ago, but like so many towns, it suffered a huge fire and never quite recovered.
Shuttles will be running from Highway 200 to town Saturday between 11am and 3:30pm. The 11-mile dirt road is the Garnet Range Road (between mile markers 22 and 23). The town is publicly managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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