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Elkhorn Ghost Town




Location: Jefferson County, Montana  Map

Found: 1872

Abandoned: 1970s




Description of Elkhorn Ghost Town

Elkhorn, Montana was constructed on a site of a silver mining camp after a large deposit of precious metal was discovered nearby. Elkhorn counted 2500 residents with several churches, hotels, 14 saloons, lodge halls, several grocery stores and a post office. By the turn of the 20th century mines were closed after producing $14 million in gold and silver. Local cemetery of Elkhorn tell yet another reason for city's demise. Several epidemic swiped through the area taking a toll on the youngest residents of the town. Primitive conditions allowed such disease like small pox, influenza, typhoid, scarlet fever, yellow fever and diphtheria in late 1888 and early 1889 to lay havoc on the local population. Today only 50 structures remain on an original location of Elkhorn Ghost Town. Most of them are privately owned.




Elkhorn is in eastern Jefferson County on the south side of the Elkhorn Mountains, in the valley of Elkhorn Creek. It can only be reached through its neighboring town, Boulder, by taking the I-15 Boulder exit, continuing 7 miles (11 km) southeast on Montana Highway 69, then 11 miles (18 km) north on county graveled road. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Elkhorn CDP has an area of 6.8 square miles (17.5 km2), all of it land.

While very few standing buildings remain of the original Elkhorn, a number of cabins have been reoccupied and refurbished. In 2010, there were 10 inhabitants.




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