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Watch the Old West Come Alive at Bannack Days -July 21 & 22, 2018-

(Dillon, MT) – Montana State Parks ( and Bannack State Park invite the public to watch the old west come alive at Bannack Days on Saturday, July 21 from 9am to 5pm and Sunday, July 22 from 9am to 4pm.

Take in demonstrations of traditional handicrafts such as quilting, bobbin lace, and hat making. Walk up Hangman's Gulch to learn about buffalo guns, the Infantry, and experience an 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.

Be sure to watch your step! Bannack has been known to have a few ruffians about. It is not uncommon for a gunfight to break out on main street or for people to be shouting from the hotel porch about one cause or another…imagine women wanting to vote.  Throughout both days there will be music in the air; bluegrass, barbershop, gospel, and fiddlers to mention a few. Swing your partner on the green Sunday afternoon or step in time with the strolling musicians.  

For a full schedule of events visit:

The re-enactments and crowds can be loud and scary for pets. Please leave your pets at home during this busy weekend. Special event admission to Bannack is $5 for Montana registered vehicles and $10 for non-Montana registered vehicles.  There is limited parking, so carpooling is encouraged.

For more information, please call the park office at (406) 834-3413.

What:  Bannack Days

When:  Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Where:  Bannack State Park, 721 Bannack Rd, Dillon, MT

Cost: $5 per Montana registered vehicle; $10 per non-Montana registered vehicle

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.

Visit Montana State Parks ( and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

A division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Dale Carlson
Park Manager,
Bannack State Park
(406) 834-3413

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