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Granite, MT

Granite, Montana -Ghost Town - August 2005

Pictures from 2005 and 1968 visits to Granite, one of Montanas many ghost towns. Granite is a short distance (over a very rough mountain road) from Phillipsburg, MT. Phillipsburg is a historic town off the beaten path and is well worth a visit.

Miner's Union Hall Ruin

Photos titles ending in "b" are by Bill; in "r" by Roger; and, in "a" by Andrew.

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Date(s): August 2005. Album by Cascade Bill. Photos by WHM and Andrew. 1 - 23 of 23 Total. 2041 Visits.
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On the Road Again: cheapest gas in Missoula, Mt - $2.37 on the way in and $2.47 on the way back.  Roger and Shelby.

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After a long days ride we were too late to start our hike but early enough to take a side trip to the Ghost Town of Granite, Montana which is located a few miles from Phillipsburg.  Before heading up to Granite, I would recommend that you stop at the Granite County Museum in Phillipsburg and pick up this free map and attached brochure.  I would also recommend that you also purchase "Ghost Town Trails - A Guide to the Historic Ghost Towns of Granite County, Montana" by Ronald Paige, Dennis C Darling, and Jack B. McCoy . ($8.00 at the Museum or can be ordered online from "http://www.garnetghosttown.org/store/books.htm" for $12.00).  This book covers several ghost towns in the area and has a good write up and pictures of Granite in it's heyday.  Sue and I had visited here in 1968.

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This is the bank vault which is all that remains of the bank.

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This is the cabin of the last resident of Granite who died in the '60's.

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Andrew - another view of the last resident's cabin.  Notice the relative modern corrugated roofing.

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Inside the cabin.

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This is the Miner's Union Hall Building which was constructed in 1890. The building is now just a shell of its former self and is rapidly deteriorating (See 1968 photo) and 1950's photo in Ghost Town Trails. The Bank is behind the trees to left of center.

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Another view of the Miner's Union Hall.

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A view of the side wall of the Miner's Union Hall - Roger is down on Main St.

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Andrew, Shelby, and Roger.

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Miner's Union Hall - Granite Montana in 1968
This is the Miner's Union Hall in August, 1968 - Sue and Greg in the foreground.  You can see that the building is now just a shell of it's former self.  Here much of the roof is intact as waell as the entire front facade.  According to Ghost Town Trails, the building was vandalized by fire in 1966 - you can see that the roof at the back of the building has been destroyed.  Notice also in comparing the 2005 pictures with the 1968 ones how much the trees have reclaimed the area.  Also note that the Bank is visible as the roof beyond the cabin at the left.

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This is the cabin to the left in the 1968 photo - it is "relatively" new and does not date to the 1890's boom period.

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We followed the signs to the "Visitor Center" and got a big laugh when we saw that it was basically a signboard.

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Informational sign for Granite.

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This is the ramains of the "Company Barn" - see map for location.

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The Blaine Shaft - I don't remember this being here on our  1968 trip and I didn't have any photos of it, so I think that it was built after 1968 and  subsequently mothballed when the price of silver fell.

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Roger and Shelby - Note the deteriorating conditions of the steps.

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The remains of the Ruby Shaft and mine tailings as seen from the Blaine Shaft.  Note the amount of mine tailings that testify to the activity that once took place here.  Note: Could not see the "hospital" which should have been visible - see following pictures.

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View of the Ruby Shaft and Hospital in 1968.  In Ghost Town Trails, the Hospital is now described as "the large pile of rotting wood against the hill".

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I've reprinted same view as the previous pictures circa 1910 (from Ghost Town Trails) - the hospital is to the left and the Ruby Shaft at the upper right.

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Roger checking out the debris just downhill from the Blaine Shaft.

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These are the elevator cabs for the Blaine Shaft - you can see why the tower is so high as these must be about 20 - 25 feet high.

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Just a funny - note the transition in pipe diameters.  The building in the background (along with several others) shows that this operation must have been relatively recent.

 
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