Tuesday, August 23
We’re currently at Jim and Mary’s RV Park just outside of Missoula, MT. We discovered this great park last summer when passing through the area. We’re back again this summer thinking we’d need some warranty repairs for our motorhome. There’s an authorized Tiffin dealer in Missoula so we made a hard-to-get service appointment a couple of months ago thinking something would need to be repaired. After 8 months of ownership, everything still works like new!
After canceling our repair appointment, we decided to stay the entire week to take advantage of Jim and Mary’s weekly discount rate and to do some more exploring around Missoula.
Garnet Ghost Town
After taking a quick look at Things to Do on tripadvisor.com, we decided to drive out to visit the Garnet Ghost Town, an old mining town about 40 miles east of Missoula. Established in the 1860’s following the discovery of gold, Garnet went through a series of ups and downs until the 1940’s when it was finally abandoned. Even so, what is now the visitor’s center operated as Ole’s Tavern until the early 1960’s.
Artifacts left behind by former residents are haphazardly displayed throughout the many buildings. Unlike most other historic structures we’ve visited, access to most of the rooms and artifacts in Garnet are not restricted nor protected. Dogs are even allowed to explore in all the buildings!
The town is now managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Most of the buildings that remain have been stabilized to make it safe for visitors and dogs to explore.
One of the most interesting and impressive buildings in town is the J.K. Wells Hotel built in 1897. After it closed in the 1930’s, the owner moved into the kitchen and maintained several rooms for friends and family up until his death in 1947.
Click here for more details about the Garnet Ghost Town.