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Ghost Towns... Bannack, Montana *
Bodie Ghost Town
Near the Nevada-California border, Bodie was home to 10,000 people in its heyday, in the late 1870s. In 1849, a prospector, W.S. Bodie, and his partner, Black Turner, discovered large gold deposits in the hills near where Bodie was destined to be built. Though Bodie died prematurely, a mining camp soon sprung up.
Bannack Ghost Town
When gold was discovered in Grasshopper Creek by John White and fellow members of the Colorado Pikes Peakers, it meant the beginnings of Bannack in 1862. By the Spring of 1863, there were nearly 3,000 people, and Bannack was on its way to becoming a thriving city.
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