BANNACK

NAME: Bannack
COUNTY: Beaverhead
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 4
CLIMATE: snow in winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Summer.
COMMENTS: Just outside of Dillon.
REMAINS: Some original remnants.

Bannack might be the only town in the west to have had the leader of an outlaw gang as its sheriff. His name was Henry Plummer. The stagecoach route between Bannack and Virginia City was the scene of holdups, robberies and murders that made it almost impossible to travel the road safely. The Sheriff of Bannack headed the outlaw gang. Having escaped from California and Nevada to Montana, Plummer set himself up as a law abiding, God fearing citizen of Bannack. He convinced the citizenry to elect himself Sheriff, which they did, ignorant of his background and his plans for the future. Plummer and his gang of outlaws were responsible for over a hundred murders before he was found to be the leader of the outlaws. Time being of the essence, gallows were promptly constructed in back of a saloon and he was hanged along with several members of his gang. A visit to Bannack is in order. Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.


Jail - 10 inch logs - never a jail break
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Miner's home
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Cemetery
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Bannack
Courtesy Kurt Wenner


Bannack
Courtesy Kurt Wenner


Bannack
Courtesy Kurt Wenner


This is a southwest view of the town of Bannack from ontop of the cemetery hill. From left to right on the Main street: (far side), Bessette house (small white), Spokane Mining house, Bannack jails (small, in rear), Chrisman's Store (sheriff's office), Gibson houses, Masonic Lodge/School house (tall, bright roof). Left to right, (near side), of Main st.: Methodist Church, Roe/Graves house, 'bachelors row,' gallows road (leading north), Goodrich Hotel, Skinner's Saloon, Hotel Meade (large red brick). -submitted by Keith Kersting (2002).


Meade Hotel - 1875
14,000 bricks - handmade locally
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Skinner's Saloon - 1862
Hangout for the Road Agents
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Bar - Skinner's Saloon
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Doctor's office
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Bannack
Courtesy Kurt Wenner


Bannack
Courtesy Kurt Wenner


Bannack
Courtesy Kurt Wenner


This is the Bannack gallows pole. It is located 5 minutes, walking, up the north road into the valley overlooked by the cemetary hill. The valley has no other stuctures. Behind the sheriff's office, on the opposite side of the main street, the one person death row cell has a 12 inch by 8 inch single window, that during the 'normal' holding period of 24 hours, the condemned had a solitary view of the gallows pole up the valley. "Outlaw" Sheriff Henry Plumer, (correct spelling), and three of his "Road Agents" killer deputies were "dropped" on this gallows without trial. These are the exact proportions and exact location of Bannack gallows, however, the original timber was destroyed by vandals and lies on the ground 10 meters from this spot. --submitted by Keith Kersting (2002).

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