Vacations To Go

Montana Ghost Towns and Candy


Day 1 Saturday    
9:00 a.m. Depart: Spokane  
12:00 p.m. Arrive: Montana Border Rest Stop 100
  Do: Rest Stop  
12:15 p.m. Depart: Rest Stop  
    (Continue on I-90. Take exit 109.)  
1:30 p.m. Arrive: Missoula, Mt 98
    (Take Hwy 200. At Our Savior's Lutheran Church go left. At Grenough Post Office turn right on Garnet Range Rd at markers 22/23.)  
2:30 p.m. Arrive: Garnet, Mt 39
  See: Garnet Ghost Town $3/BLM Card  
5:30 p.m. Depart: Garnet  
    (Go south on Bear Gulch Rd. Go left on Frontage Rd. At Drummond go right over the freeway on Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Hwy 1. Turn left on Broadway into Phillipsburg.)  
1 hr 12 min Arrive: Phillipsburg 47



Day 2 Sunday    
  See: The Sweet Palace (9-5)
109 E Broadway
    Phillipsburg Treasure and Gifts (9:30-6)
116 E Broadway
    Christmas Emporium (10-5)
134 W Broadway
    (From Broadway going east turn right on Montgomery. Go right on Railroad St. Turn left on Contract Mill Rd.)  
20 minutes   Granite Ghost Town State Park
347 Granite Rd
S showcases remnants of this once thriving 1890s silver boomtown that bears stark witness to Montana's boom-and-bust mining history. Hector Horton first discovered silver in the general area in 1865. In the autumn of 1872 the Granite mine was discovered by a prospector named Holland. The mine was relocated in 1875. This was the richest silver mine on the earth, and it might never have been discovered if a telegram from the east hadn't been delayed. The miner's backers thought the venture was hopeless and ordered an end to its operation, but since that message was delayed the miners worked on and the last blast on the last shift uncovered a bonanza, which yielded $40,000,000.In the silver panic of 1893, word came to shut the mine down. The mine was deserted for three years, never again would it reach the population it once had of 3,000 miners.

Today there is no one living in the camp. The state park preserves the Granite Mine Superintendent's house and ruins of the old miners' Union Hall which have been included in the Historic American Buildings Survey.
    (Go back on Contract Mill Rd. Turn right on Railroad St. It will go left into Montgomery. Go left on Broadway.)  

Day 3 Monday    
9:00 a.m. Depart: Phillipsburg  
    (Go west on Broadway. Turn right on Hwy 1/Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Hwy. Go left on I-90.)  
10:15 a.m. Arrive: Missoula 75
    (Continue west on I-90.)  
1:30 p.m. Arrive: Spokane 198