The quaint old school house tells a story. The original wooden desks with the iron carved legs remind me of the old Western movies from the 50's, and let's face it, that wasn't so long after everyone deserted this town in the 1920's. History tells a story and visiting this shell of a town inspired my memories and imagination into a different realm.
Old wooden desks sitting on original wood planked floor were lined up inside the old school house. Many wooden floor areas were beautifully worn creating a form of art for the viewer.
School house and Masonic Temple - multi-functional!
Sweet little log home amongst the bright fall colors makes one wonder what living in this period was like. Outhouses , no electricity, surviving in such a remote area of Montana, not always seeing eye to eye with the Native Americans, and encountering unscrupulous scoundrels, they had unimaginable challenges. What did they do when they couldn't text, "don't forget the bacon"!
What nightmares are made of! Imagine spending a winter in this cozy jailhouse. Between the rattle snakes...oh yes, this is rattle snake country...severe cold, and who knows what else, this is not the Marriott and let's hope the prisoners' stays were brief! Check out the Solitary Confinement building below!
Bannack's one and only church - a little different from today's church on every corner idea. Such character and charm exude from inside these weathered logs and rippled glass windows. Different than today's glass, these popular styles of glass, crown and cylinder, were created using a glass blowing process, essentially making it impossible to create a smooth, uniform look. Many homeowners today appreciate the authenticity of wavy glass windows contributing to the uniqueness and originality of the home. Unfortunately, I was unable to photograph the windows up close. Sorry for the bait and switch!
"Let there be light", and lanterns made it happen. Gathered by the window in Hotel Meade, an electrician was wiring each one to be used in the movie, "The Ballad of Lefty Brown", being filmed in Bannack during our visit. Check out the hats for actors' wardrobe.
Hotel Meade had charm oozing from every corner and plank!
After the gold discovery, Bannack was the Capital of the Mountain Territory in 1864; short lived until title was moved to Virginia City. Horse hitches, old wagons and authentic Old West buildings were scattered throughout the town telling a present-day reality story.
Simple, weathered and authentic.
Wagon reproduction for movie prop. Perhaps seat is only old part.
Inside Mildred's house. Note the old miss-matched linoleum, and feeling of generations past.
Leaving Bannack in search of the perfect "River Runs Through It" river! Perhaps many of us would benefit by taking some time away from our modern day lives by stepping back 150 years. Sometimes we don't know what we lost.