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Welcome to Bannack ...

So far, we found very little information about Bannack. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Bannack to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Bannack, please Contact Us.

Bannack would have been located within present day Beaverhead County<2>.

The pronunciation of Bannack: BAN-uk<3>

While the community is gone, the present day location for Bannack is 5,760 feet [1,756 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Bannack is about 1 mile [or 1¾ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: The area where Bannack was located is in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The location where Bannack once stood is in the (406) area code.

Bannack was established in 1862.

Communities near Bannack ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bannack.

  • Dillon
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dillon
    • Dillon lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the east of Bannack.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,333 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dillon have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dillon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dillon<7>
  • Argenta
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Argenta
    • Argenta lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Bannack.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Argenta
  • Armstead ‑ Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Armstead
    • Armstead was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Bannack.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Armstead have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Polaris
  • Elkhorn ‑ Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkhorn
    • Elkhorn was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<5> to the north of Bannack.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elkhorn have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Jackson
  • Glen
  • Dell
  • Tendoy
  • Melrose

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bannack. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bannack.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bannack. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bannack.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bannack. See our Newspapers Page for Bannack.

Adding Bannack to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Bannack in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Bannack was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Bannack in the book titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8> From that list, the Bannack post office opened in 1898.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Bannack.

The official website for State of Montana:

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Bannack, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>If you're interested in how the shape of Montana's counties, including Beaverhead, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<3>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Bannack. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bannack - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bannack) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bannack. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BannackOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bannack. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.1618, Longitude: -112.9977    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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