While we were planning our summer trip to Montana and Wyoming we had a huge list of places we wanted to visit: Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Yellowstone, The Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Butte, Bozeman...and ghost towns. We narrowed it down to Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons, because they are so close together, but we did manage to stop at Granite Ghost Town outside of Philipsburg, Montana. Granite was the richest silver mine on earth, and to this day it continues to hold that record.
The rough dirt road up to the mine is narrow and it's on a cliff. You climb 1,280 feet in only four miles. It's sketchy. Like if a car was coming around a corner you'd probably drive off the cliff sketchy. But that first glimpse of the crumbling mine across a canyon of evergreen trees was unbelievably breathtaking. When we first got out of the car a deer ran across the road in front of us. It's also quiet...eerily silent. These pictures don't begin to show the enormity of these buildings, or the beauty of their ruins.
There are some more well known ghost towns in Montana, with easier roads, gift shops and people wandering around in 19th century costumes. But there was something absolutely haunting about the stillness and silence at Granite. Like a cemetery for old buildings that were once filled with life.