The old west comes alive: Bannack Days set for this weekend

Posted at 3:52 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 18:07:19-04

DILLON, Mont. – Celebrate the past at Bannack State Park during Bannack Days, Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21.

This family-friendly event will feature demonstrations of traditional handicrafts, a walk up to Hangman’s Gulch to learn about buffalo guns, the Infantry, and experience a 1860s gold camp.

Try your luck at gold panning, hand-dip your own souvenir candle, or watch the blacksmith forge an incredible work of art from a flat piece of iron. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available throughout the day or if you prefer more modern transportation there is a Model AA truck motoring around the town.

Other fun offerings: A gunfight on Main Street, as well as bluegrass, barbershop, and gospel music.

Special event admission to Bannack is $5 per person; children 8 and under are free. For a full schedule of events, click here.

Organizers say the re-enactments and crowds can be loud and scary for pets. Please leave your pets at home during this busy weekend. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. For more information, please call the park office at (406) 834-3413.

Bannack Days will run on Saturday, July 20, from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, July 21, from 9 am to 4 pm

Bannack State Park, located near Dillion, MT., is a National Historic Landmark and the site of Montana’s first major gold discovery on July 28, 1862. This strike set off a massive gold rush that swelled Bannack’s population to over 3,000 by 1863. As the value of gold steadily dwindled, Bannack’s bustling population was slowly lost. Today, over 50 original buildings line Main Street and their historic log and frame structures recall Montana’s formative years.

Reporting by Chet Layman for MTN News