Visiting Garnet: Montana’s Best Preserved Ghost Town
Being someone who loves to spend a free day in front of the tv means that I’ve seen a lot.. a lot of movies, series and yes; cartoons. One thing that always comes back in movies and cartoons: the old days in America, where you see the set-up of those old saloons, bars and shops. How cool is it to see something like this in real life? I can tell you: pretty cool.
During our visit to the USA, we stumbled upon a ghost town in Montana, after visiting Glacier National Park. With no doubt we took the exit and followed the signs that lead us to Garnet. It was a rocky road, longer than 20 minutes, taking us up the mountain over small, impossible tracks. It even forced us to stop a couple of times because of an almost-overheated car engine. After 20 minutes we almost gave up, but as we all wanted to see a ghost town in real life really badly we told ourselves that we would keep driving for another five minutes. But as soon as we made another steep, sharp turn we saw the parking lot and the first houses of Garnet appear.
Protected by the woods and because it is so difficult to reach is what makes it that Garnet is a very well reserved ghost town. However, because of fires a lot of houses are non exciting anymore. Now, you’ll see a couple of houses standing here and there while it actually looked like a very lively town with more than a 1000 residents, with several hotels, saloons, barbershops and general stores. Due to the fires people left the town, which is why it has become a ghost town.