Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Traveling Souls

Road Trip

Up and out with the rising sun.  
Early Saturday morning Justin, Jill, Erica, and myself loaded 
up in Justin's truck and made the 3 hour trip to Bannack Ghost town. 

Pit Stop

We took our time and made sure to stop and shoot whenever we found cool things along the way!

Erica's Signature Shooting Style

You will never see Erica laying down shooting without her legs crossed at the ankles!

Along Our Journey

Travel down the road to wisdom.

Bannack Ghost Town

A History Lesson:
Bannack was founded in 1862 when John White discovered gold on Grasshopper Creek. As news of the gold strike spread many prospectors and businessmen rushed to Bannack hoping to strike it rich. In 1864, Bannack was named as the first Territorial Capital of Montana.  From the late 1860's to the 1930's, Bannack continued as a mining town with a fluctuating population. By the 1950's gold workings had dwindled and most folks had moved on. At that point the State of Montana declared Bannack a State Park. Today, over sixty structures remain standing, most of which can be explored. 

Haunted Hotel Meade

Cold spots, the apparition of a teen-age girl, and sounds of crying children are often reported by those who visit this old building. The first sighting of the young girl was well over a hundred years ago. The teen is said to be that of a girl named Dorothy Dunn who drowned in a dredge pond along the creek long ago. Shortly after her death, she made her first appearance to her best friend, who was with her at the time of her death.  
We had no such encounters!

Inside Hotel Meade

Erica, engrossed in her work.

Vintage Shoot

Jill and Erica outside Hotel Meade.

Self Portraits

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