Here at Bannack, the staff recognizes that the buildings and structures are very old and fragile. Being able to keep all the buildings standing with roofs and foundations is no easy task. We have one full time maintenance person, and two seasonal maintenance workers on board.
This page is designed to inform the public about current maintenance projects here at Bannack. For more information on policies regarding restoration, preservation, and stabilization of our buildings, please refer to the Executive Summary on the Management page.
Here is a list of projects completed here at Bannack over the years:
- Karmiziki site monitoring project 1984-1985.
- A historical resource study in 1982 helps to accurately repair and preserve our resources as historically accurate as possible.
- In 1991 and 2006 Building Condition inventories by Prairie Wind Architects ensures we know where problems exist.
- Archaeology excavations before building preservation in 1994.
- The park purchased several private mining claims in 2002 to preserve the atmosphere of Bannack State Park and its historic ghost town.
- The Meade Hotel was re-roofed in 2005 and the upper porch was stabilized.
- A new security gate was installed at the Bannack Bypass road junction in 2005.
- The Graves House porch was re-decked and porch supports were rebuilt in 2006.
- The Ryburn House was re-roofed in 2006.
- The Historic Masonic Lodge/School House was whitewashed in 2006.
- The Manager’s Garage was stabilized with new sill logs in 2006.
- The Foot Bridge that connects the group use area to the town site was replaced in 2006.
- New benches were added throughout the town site in 2006.
- A new vault toilet was installed at the visitor center parking lot in 2006.
- With a grant from the Save Americas Treasures Grant and matching funds, many building stabilization projects were completed in 2008.
- Artifact analysis of artifacts uncovered as a result of the 2013 flood.
- The Bird Eye View Trail was completed with a Recreational Trail Program grant and other matching funds in 2013.
- The telephone system upgraded in 2014.
- MCC preservation crew roof repair training in 2015 helped repair aging roofs.
- Hedrick’s Mill Roof was re-roofed in 2015.
- The Chicken Coop roof was repaired with the help of Montana Conservation Corps in 2016.
- Replace the cedar shingle roof on the Roe and Graves house and the Church in 2017.
- A Flood Mitigation Project is underway to build a mitigation pond above Bannack in Hangman’s Gulch. After the catastrophic July 17, 2013 flood where 9 people were injured and over a million dollars in damage occurred, it was determined that a mitigation pond would be the best protection for the towns visitors and cultural resources. Expected to be done by the fall of 2017 the mitigation pond will help to ensure the town of Bannack will last for another 150 years.
Routine maintenance is also performed daily. Trimming trees, replacing boards in the board walks, fogging for mosquitoes, mowing or cleaning campgrounds, spraying for noxious weeds, fencing, small repairs on buildings, testing fire suppression systems, and chopping wood are among the many routine tasks of our maintenance staff.
Projects slated for the future as funds become available:
- Repair the storm conveyance flume.
- Replace the foot bridge over Grasshopper creek after a flood damaged it in 2017.
- Repair the plaster in the Hotel Meade on the upper floors.
- Build a storage building for preservation materials storage.
- Electrifying the Group use Shelter.
- Updating the fire suppression system in the historic structures.
- Reroofing Ovit’s Store.
- Acquiring or building storage shelving for the growing artifact collection.
Help To Preserve Bannack Today
If you would like to help relieve some financial pressure, please check into donating funds to the Dale Tash Memorial Fund. This fund was created by Bannack State Park through the state to match donations dollar for dollar to go to the stabilization and preservation of the buildings in Bannack.