Bannack, MT – Living History Tribute 4: Skinner’s Saloon

Life was tough in Bannack, Montana, and the men were rough who lived there. Legends tell of the frequent gun fights and rough brawls that broke out over claims on gold or the few women who lived in this rough, boom town that was the capital of the Idaho terrority, which encompassed what is now Montana. Bannack was host to several saloons that kept the miners and townsfolk supplied with booze as they tried to drink away the bad days and celebrate the less frequent good ones. I hope you enjoy this reenactment during the Living History Weekend of what might have transpired in Skinner’s Saloon after a long, hard day panning for gold at the creek, or working at the mill to refine the precious metal. Thanks to everyone who let me photograph them during the Living History. Here is my tribute to all of you. You truly made the old ghost town come alive again!

Bannack Living History - Saloon portrait by Caryn Esplin

Bannack Living History - Skiner's saloon pals by Caryn Esplin
Bannack Living History - Pay with real gold - by Caryn Esplin
Bannack Living History - Saloon Fight  by Caryn Esplin

Bannack Living History - Jake's stand - by Caryn Esplin
Bannack Living History - Town Drunk  by Caryn Esplin
Bannack Living History - Checker Duel  by Caryn Esplin
Bannack Living History - Bartender by Caryn Esplin
Bannack Living History - Bar tools  by Caryn Esplin
Bannack Living History - Dusty's Real Gold Test  by Caryn Esplin

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