Day 16 – Bannack State Park (MT)

Day 16 – Bannack State Park (Ghost town)

Date: 06/16/2016 Friday
Starting Location: Bozeman, MT
Ending Location: Bozeman, MT
Starting Odometer: 10261
Ending Odometer:
Mileage Today:  00 Miles
Mileage Total:  3423 miles
Today’s MPG:  41 mpg
Total Average MPG:  43 mpg

No Riding Today

I took a day off from riding today as I spent the day with Leila, and we headed to Bannack State park.  The park was about 150 miles from Bozeman, and we took one route to the park ,and another route from the park back to home.  The idea was to see some more of Montana, closer to where Leila’s home is.

The town of Bannack was created in 1862, and was very briefly the territorial seat.  After a brief 4 months as the territorial seat, the seat was moved to Virginia City, MT.

Bannack was an operating mining town for many years, in fact, it was operating until World War II, when it became illegal to mine for gold.  As was the case with Bodie, CA, many of the buildings were built in the very early days, while others were built later, for different purposes.

For example, the Mead Hotel was built later, and it originally served as the courthouse.  The staircases in this building are quite majestic, and are certainly the boldest of all aspects of any of the buildings.

Unlike Bodie, CA, almost all of the buildings in this town were open to walk through.  So, we spent about 2 hours walking through all of the buildings, and even taking some fun pictures of us in the jail.


Once again I’ll be on the bike, putting in about 350 miles, as I head east.  I think I’ve got about 100 miles of Interstate, which I won’t really enjoy, but it will help to put the miles behind me.

Now, it’s off to bed…

About the Author

Cliff Musante

Cliff Musante is a technologist, business leader, motorcycle enthusiast, father, grandfather, and more. In June, 2013 his passion for motorcycles was revitalized, and he set out to ride across Patagonia. Since then, he's logged thousands of miles, ridden across the US, and on July 10, 2019, he began a 120 day trip through Europe, and then on to Russia, China, and parts East. This 'Blog is the story of all of his adventures.


  1. Did you see any dental floss tycoon’s in Montana? Are you passing through Sturgis SD on your trip east?

    1. Ah, an obtuse reference to Frank Zappa.
      As it turns out, as I’ve been riding through Montana, I’ve been looking right, and looking left. I’ve been looking up, and looking down. It seems that no matter where or how I look, I’m still not finding any Dental Floss tycoons.
      But, on a related note, I have found thousands of cattle farmers, most of whom appear to be pretty well off.

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