Living in a Ghost Town Just Got a Lot Easier

posted: 08/09/16
by: Sasha Brown-Worsham
Garnet Ghost Town
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Garnet Ghost Town

If you have ever wanted to live in a creepy, freaky, dread-filled ghost town (and I know I have!), you might just get your chance next summer. Garnet Ghost Town in Montana is completely unoccupied and has been since the 1930's. It is still used as an educational opportunity for children and offers tours. And that's where you come in. Every year, they look for "caretakers" to live there through the summer.

The town of Garnet came to be known in 1895 and was booming during the gold and silver rush. But the Great Depression hit the town hard and it fell apart and was abandoned. Now, all that remains are the buildings and, according to legend, the ghosts.

Volunteers come annually to work as tour guides and preservationists. Though the work is unpaid, food and housing are both covered. If you ever wanted to live like it was 1930 -- no electricity or Internet -- this is the opportunity.

But there will be ghosts in this ghost town, too. According to a 2010 article about Garnet in the Helena Independent Record:

Ellen Baumler, the Montana Historical Society's resident ghost whisperer and author, wrote that at midnight, people have heard ghostly fingers striking piano keys, with the music floating across the empty buildings. She said that especially during the winter months, Garnet visitors see visions and hear unearthly noises.

"Late at night, the spirits of Garnet come out to play in the moonlight," Baumler wrote in Montana Chillers. "Sometimes, in the deep winter quiet, a piano tinkles in Kelley's Saloon and the spirits dance to ghostly music. Men's voices echo in the empty rooms. But the moment a living, human hand touches the building, the noises stop."

Creepy. And perfect for those of us who like to be scared.

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