Bannack, MT

Bannack

Venerable structures, many of them false-fronted, stand along Bannack's main street.

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This was the original Beaverhead County Courthouse and later the Hotel Meade.

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Two-story Masonic Hall, erected in 1874.

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Barber's chair

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The road between Bannack and Virginia City was the scene of more holdups, robberies and murders than almost any other comparable stagecoach route. The outlaw gang had for its mastermind the Sheriff of Bannack, Henry Plummer! Plummer set himself up as a preserver of the peace, guardian of law and order. He soon became official sheriff, built this jail and had rings put in the floor so that prisoners could not escape merely by punching a hole in the sod-roof.

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Plummer pulled the strings that ended in over a hundred murders and a bonanza of money and jewelry taken from unfortunate stagecoach travelers.

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At last, a roused committee of citizens formed the Vigilantes which unmasked Plummer and threw him into his own jail. His tenure therein was short. In short order a gallows was erected back of the saloon and the erstwhile sheriff was strung up.

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