We start with an overview of the ‘town’. Serious mining operation began in 1895 with the construction of a Stamp Mill. By 1898 there were 1000 inhabitants. This was hard-rock underground gold mining. The original mines in the area were placers deposits. When those played out in the 1870’s adventures searched for the source rock and found it here.
Our first stop is the Garnet Hotel (largest building on the right in the image above):
The Miner’s Cabins were rough hewn and built in about 10 days. I particularly liked the tool marks left by the axe.
The Garnet Saloon. Not much to see inside, but a nice facade. The Ladies who wanted a drink, entered the second floor through a back stairway and drank with the proprietor’s wife. Because proper ‘Ladies’ never entered a Saloon.
Typical Flotsam & Jetsam of a Mining Ghost Town:
Tech Info: Mamiya 7 with 43mm lens, Kodak T-Max 400 developed and scanned by Old School Photo Labs.
Next week we’ll start taking a look at some of the images from the Montana B&W Workshop.