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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Haunted Montana

History and Haunting of:
Bannack , Beaverhead County, Montana, U.S.A
Haunting http://www.legendsofamerica.com/mt-bannackghost.html
Photo By courthouselover

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History and Haunting of:
 Bannack , Beaverhead County, Montana, U.S.A
 Haunting
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/mt-bannackghost.html
Photo By courthouselover
At the Hotel Meade, which was originally built as a courthouse in 1875, there are numerous stories of ghostly activity. When  Bannack lost its county seat status to nearby Dillon in 1881, the building sat vacant until 1890 when it was remodeled into a plush hotel. The hotel opened and closed sporadically through the years with the ebb and flow of mining activity. At one time the building acted in the capacity of a hospital.

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 a 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. 

 

 Since then there have been multiple sightings of the teen-age girl wearing a long blue dress on the second story of the old hotel. These reports often come from children, one of which reportedly stated that the ghost of Dorothy Dunn tried to talk to her. The seven year old could see Dorothy’s mouth moving but no sound came out. Dorothy has also been sighted standing in an upstairs window by passersby on the street below.

 

Yet more sightings have been reported throughout the town of ghostly women dressed in their best finery.
History -http://www.bannack.org/photo_tour3.htm
The large brick building remained empty until about 1890 when it was purchased by Dr. John Christian Meade for $1,250. Dr. Meade remodeled and turned the building into a plush hotel. It became the center of Bannack social activity and temporary home of many Montana travelers. A large kitchen, dining room and living quarters were added to the back of the hotel. The dining room was filled with tables to seat four or six and could be rearranged for larger parties. Beautiful white linens graced the tables along with fine china. Hotel Meade remained open for business for many years, abandoned at times only to reopen to meet the needs of Bannack each time mining activity in the area revived. The hotel operated off and on until the 1940's.