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Ghost Towns: Montana is ripe with old settlements, whether maintained or not, they can be a historical, if not haunting, experience. The following are listed by the nearest active city in Montana to their location. For information on other ghost towns further out from Missoula, check out this site.

CRYSTAL CITY MILL #1 (Deep in the Crystal River Valley in the Elk Mountain Range in Colorado, the 1890s powerhouse of the Sheep Mountain Tunnel mine still stands outside the ghost town of Crystal City. This old "mill" used river water funneled through the long penstock to produce power for air compressors in the mines.)

"Old House in *Silver City Ghost Town, Nevada*" -- [Photograph by Steve Bingham]'h4d-108.2013'

Do ya wanna go ghost town hunting? Here are some possible starting points.

Thurmond, W.Va., a coal town from late 1800s, went from several hundred residents to seven by the year 2000

Bannack Montana was named after a local Indian nation. After its founding in 1862 it operated as a Montana gold mining town for just over a hundred years before the last residents abandoned it.

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