The Beauty of Garnet Ghost Town, Montana: a Photo Essay
A cobblers station in Davey’s General Store
Tall grass in front of one of Garnet’s outhouses
Located in Granite County, Garnet is beautiful and not overrun with tourists. Unlike so many tourist attractions in the United States where rooms are often kept pristine behind plexiglass and rope, Garnet Ghost Town allows visitors to walk in into it’s abandoned buildings and wander pretty freely. The rooms that are unaccessible are cordoned off for obvious safety concerns.
Garnet was built as a mining town in the 1890s
A thousand people once called Garnet home during the heyday of mining in the 1898. But the mining bubble burst and less than 200 people remained in Garnet in 1905.
Left: Garnet’s old jail Right: a vista of Garnet’s historic district
You can still get a sense of what life was like by visiting the over 30 preserved buildings including the Wells Hotel, Kelly’s Bar, Davey’s General Store and the Blacksmith’s Shop.
A vista spot near Garnet in the Lubrecht Experimental Forest
Garnet Ghost Town is a great place to discover the beauty of abandoned places. It’s accessible by car from late April until January. The gravel road and scenic ride to Garnet is also a big draw for ATVs, and mountain bikers.
Left: Vintage bottles in Davey’s General Store Right: the former reception desk at Wells Hotel
In the winter, Garnet Ghost Town is a popular destination for snowmobilers and cross country skiers.
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Left: Ghost Town Kitchen Still Life Right: Vintage wooden skis in Davey’s General Store
One of the decaying rooms in Well’s Hotel
Left: A Victrola and peeling wallpaper at Wells Hotel Right: this chair was probably the epitome of comfort in the 1890’s
Welcome to Montana’s Coolest Ghost Town: Garnet
Admission price: $3 (per person over the age of 15)
Map and driving directions can be found here.
Bureau of Land Management
Summer: 9:00am – 5:00pm Inquire about winter hours.