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Montana’s 10 Most Haunted Hot Spots

Montana is America’s 4th largest state and was admitted to the Union in 1889, as the 41st state. But the history of Montana goes back much further than 1889. There is archeological evidence to suggest that indigenous peoples had occupied the area for more than 12,000 years.

Several Native American tribal groups called this area home long before the arrival of American settlers. These tribes included the Crow, the Cheyenne, the Blackfeet, the Assiniboine, the Sioux, the Kootenai, and others.

Montana also has a rich mining, fur-trapping, military, outlaw, ranching, timber, and railroad history. The Battle of Little Bighorn took place on Montana soil. With such a rich history, it’s no wonder that there are so many exceptional haunted locations to explore around the state.

Here’s of list of 10 locations around Montana that are a must visit for anyone who is interested in the paranormal. And if these aren’t enough to get your spirits up, we’ll post some more for you in the near future.

Garnet Ghost Town

Garnet Montana is one of those old western ghost towns that just screams…this place is haunted! Garnet is an abandoned mining town that dates back to the 1860’s. The town is even listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

Garnet has a couple of buildings which are said to be haunted. In Kelly’s Saloon, people report hearing the sounds of laughter and music when nobody is in the building. In the old Wells hotel, people report hearing footsteps and doors closing.

Even if you don’t witness any actual ghosts in Garnet, it’s well worth the visit.

 

Hotel Meade – Dillon (Bannack)

The Meade hotel in Bannack was constructed in 1875 and originally designed to serve as a courthouse during the time when Bannack served as the county seat. The building was converted into a hotel in 1890 when Bannock lost its county seat status to the neighboring town of Dillon.

People report seeing the apparition of a young girl by the name of Dorothy Dunn who is said to have drowned in a nearby creek, People also report hearing the sounds of children crying throughout the building.

There are still many locations throughout the ghost town of Bannack that visitors can explore.

 

Grand Union Hotel – Fort Benton

The Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton, MT was built in 1882, just 36 years after the founding of the town. The cost to build and furnish the hotel ran investors around $200,000, quite a large sum for the late 1800’s. In it’s heyday, the Grand Union was proclaimed the finest hotel between St. Louis and Seattle.

People have claimed to hear the sounds of horses, as well as the sounds of phantom children running up and down the halls. There are also claims of a male spirit decked out in a long coat who is seen at various locations throughout the hotel.

 

Dumas Brothel – Butte

The Dumas Brothel in Butte Montana has a rich history. But then again, so does pretty much everything in Butte. The old brothel is located in the heart of the original and once-thriving red-light district in Uptown Butte, and served the citizens of this community for more than 90 years.

Prostitution did not amount to a happy life, and It is reported that a great number of prostitutes died of suicide, both here and in other brothels throughout Montana. There were also a number of reported shootings, stabbings, beatings, robberies, and more, surrounding the location.

Today, people claim to see the spirit of Elinore Knott, former Madam of the brothel. They also claim to see strange mists appearing, and also hear the sounds of disembodied voices.

 

Paris Gibson Home – Great Falls

The Paris Gibson House sits along “Millionaires Row” in Great Falls, Montana. The impressive Victorian-style home was built in 1890, by entrepreneur and state senator Paris Gibson. Paris was also the town’s founder and served as the town’s first Mayor.

People report seeing the spirits of a former Nanny, along with Paris, Valeria (wife), and their 2 children that died in infancy.

 

Old Montana Prison – Deer Lodge

Old prisons are notorious for being haunted, and the Old Montana Prison in Deer Lodge is no exception. The Old Montana Prison served as home to some of the state’s most hardened criminals. The facility was even built by convicts back in the 1800’s.

The old state prison witnessed many horrifying and violent events throughout its history. Visitors report seeing shadows, hearing strange noises, seeing mists appear, smelling strange things they shouldn’t be smelling, and much more.

Be sure to check this place out. Just make sure you don’t get locked in for the night!

 

Daly Mansion – Hamilton

The Daly Mansion in Hamilton, Montana, is an 1896 Victorian mansion which was built by Marcus Daily, an Irish immigrant who was responsible for transforming the Anaconda silver mine into a copper empire. He expanded his business to include timber, and eventually founded the town of Hamilton in order to service his sawmill.

People have reported seeing apparitions, including that of Mrs. Daly walking down the hallway in the second floor. People also report the smell of cigars, doors closing, and the sounds of footsteps.

 

Boulder Hot Springs Hotel– Boulder

The Boulder Hot Springs Hotel in Boulder, Montana, was originally constructed in 1883.

People report hearing tapping noises and being touched. Some claim the resort is haunted by a ghost named Simone who has been seen wandering the halls. Apparently Simone once worked there as a prostitute.

 

Fort Peck Theatre – Fort Peck

The Fort Peck Theatre in Fort Peck, Montana, originally opened for performances in 1934.

Performers and workers report seeing apparitions and hearing sounds that they can’t explain, especially in the dressing rooms of the building. Some also have claimed to see the apparition of a man dressed in a 1930’s style of clothing. Perhaps he was one of the men working on the building of the Fort Peck Dam during the time that the theatre was constructed? Or perhaps, as some believe, he is the spirit of a construction worker who fell to his death during the theatre’s original construction.

But have no fear, people say the ghosts are friendly.

 

Virginia City

Virginia City served as the second territorial capital of Montana. The town got its start as a mining camp when a group of six men discovered gold in Alder Creek back in 1863.

People have reported seeing apparitions at certain locations around town, including the cemetery. People also report hearing singing coming from the old opera house. A previous home owner claimed to see a bloody apparition that sometimes materialized in her bathtub. It turns out that the original owner of the home had been murdered. The Bonanza Inn is also said to be the center of supernatural activity in the town and the site of many hauntings.

Be sure to put a visit to Virginia City on your haunted towns bucket list. Just be sure to bring your paranormal investigation tool kit.

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