The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Catherine Ellerton
Contributing Writer 

Bannack Days celebrates the wild west


Catherine Ellerton

Re-enactors Dave and Donna Holbrook (2nd and 3rd from left) of Whitehall join fellow gunfighters discussing the day's events. Photo by Catherine Ellerton

The beautiful July day was shattered by the sound of gunfire and the acrid smoke filled the air. Amid the body strewn street the gunfighters headed to Skinner's Saloon with the drunken Assayer in tow leaving the dance hall girls standing about in shock. The Wild West had settled another score and Bannack Days was off and running.

This past weekend was the 39th year that the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Dept. and the Bannack Assoc. had celebrated the stories of the West. Within the two day celebration it was expected that over 6,000 inquisitive visitors would come to town to hear the...

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