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The Voter’s Speakeasy featuring unbiased reporting and insight into life at Project Vote Smart from our staff, interns, and volunteers.

Ghosts and Memories

2009 August 19 - Bonnie

When you come to the end of an era, a period of vital importance, it becomes customary or just natural at the finale to look back on what has happened. The memories, regrets, and trials...all the while, trying to force yourself to let go by saying that what I've given is no longer necessary.

Eli Holland is said to have found a piece of ruby silver while following a wounded game animal in 1872. A shallow shaft was dug on the outcropping. The town eventually became a thriving city which boasted as many stores and commercial establishments as any other modern city at that time in Montana. In 1893, the U.S. Congress repealed the Sherman Act, resulting in lower silver prices, and on the morning of August 1, 1893, within 24 hours of the repeal, many men, women, and children came down the mountain in search of new homes. Because of the swiftness of the move, most of their worldly possessions remained on the hill behind them. Only 140 people remained in Granite one year later.

The ghost town now sits about thirty minutes away from Project Vote Smart's Great Divide Ranch, outside the town of Philipsburg, Montana. A group of interns recently visited the ghost town to see the remnants of the past lives of so many people. These same interns are now leaving to return to their former lives in a place that most call "home."

Looking back at the ghost town, there are so many thoughts that ...

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