Ghost town convention to tour area

Alastair Baker
News Editor
Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society (MGTPS) will be holding its convention in Red Lodge Sept. 6-8 at the Old Roosevelt School.

This will include a tour of the area, Sept. 7, led by geologist and historian Linda Dutcher, with the group visiting the Wright Hour in Red Lodge, the Virtue Gulch Overview, Washoe town, Smith Mine, Scotch Coulee area, Bearcreek ghost town, and Bearcreek Cemetery.

The convention will also include a guided tour of the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum on Sept. 6 from 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

On Saturday at the Old Roosevelt School presentations will begin at 9 a.m. with Prof. Larry Loendorf presenting ‘Horse Bones and Horse Pictures on the Rocks.’

At 10:15 a.m. Montana Historian Jon Axline will present a talk on ‘Bearcreek: Life and death and life in a Montana Coal Camp.’  Lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Pollard Hotel.

A social hour, banquet and annual meeting will commence at 5:45 p.m. with presenter and speaker Jeff McNeish at the Old Roosevelt School.

On Sept. 8 there will be a field trip in the morning to Mountain View with Linda Dutcher as a guide and host. 

The goal of MGTPS is "to preserve and maintain ghost towns and historic sites in the state of Montana, and to develop an appreciation of the cultural benefits in the sites, buildings, and artifacts that are part of the living museum formed from the beginnings of Montana."


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