Images of Bannack taken in 2013 before the devastating July flash floods
I spent a few days photographing one of my very favorite places – Bannack Ghost Town, Montana, near Dillon, Montana. Bannack is a preserved state park that just may be the best ghost town in America. I love the natural manner in which the park rangers maintain the buildings and area, without commercializing things or making things new. You can see the layers of wallpaper and lineoleum that speak of many families passing through each home over the years. The history is rich and I will be posting many of my newest images of this amazing place.
Bannack was hit with devastating flash floods on July 17, 2013, just a few weeks after I captured these images. The Assay office was swept away in a torrent of water that carried debris, mud and hail through the entire town. Buildings were left with a foot or two of ice, cold mud, water and marble-sized hailstones that lasted for days in the cold buildings. The boardwalk that runs along both sides of main street was ripped up and destroyed and visitors barely escaped the raging waters.
I go to Bannack at least three times a year when I take my photography classes from BYU-Idaho. However, I rarely get to shoot much myself while I am there. But in June, I took more photos than I ever have and this if the result. I am so glad I finally took that extra trip I have been planning for five years to photograph Bannack . Fortunately, I was able to record the town before the floods changed the ghost town forever. I hope you enjoy some of my favorites in this blog post. Watch for more posts with lots more memories.