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51 years later, man hopes to return headboards he ‘borrowed’ from graves

51 years later, man hopes to return headboards he ‘borrowed’ from graves

HELENA — Steve Kline was 16 in 1962 when he picked up a copy of the newly released book “Western Ghost Towns” by Lambert Florin.

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Headboard that marked the grave of R.C. ‘Peg Leg’ Rowley

Headboard that marked the grave of R.C. ‘Peg Leg’ Rowley

Artfully displayed with a revolver, the headboard that marked the grave of R.C. ‘Peg Leg’ Rowley is still in Steve Kline’s possession, over a half century after he ‘borrowed’ it from the graveyard in Bannack.

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Three explorers from Minnesota

Three explorers from Minnesota

The three explorers from Minnesota, from left, Jim Pence, Dave Carlberg and Steve Kline, pan for gold in Townsend in 1962.

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Steve Kline poses in the doorway

Steve Kline poses in the doorway

Steve Kline poses in the doorway of a log building in 1962 during his trip to explore the ghost towns of Montana.

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New book examines Montana vigilantes through legal lens

New book examines Montana vigilantes through legal lens

Montana history may just have proven that justice delayed does not necessarily mean justice is denied.

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Lt. Gov. Walsh amazed by Bannack’s destruction

Lt. Gov. Walsh amazed by Bannack’s destruction

BUTTE — Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh surveyed the flash flood damage at Bannack State Park Monday, saying he is amazed by the devastation.

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Dutch joint venture to look for gold near historic Bannack

Dutch joint venture to look for gold near historic Bannack

Just as Bannack marks the 150th anniversary of its gold-mining heritage, an international mining company announced plans to resume hunting for gold nearby.

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bannack mining

bannack mining

One hundred and fifty years after the first discovery of gold in what is now Montana, Cody Ames, a tourist from Tonasket, Wash., pans through gravel deposited from a nearby mine Friday in Bannack, the state’s first mining boomtown and, these days, a state park.

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Bannack mining

Bannack mining

These days, prospecting of a different sort brings Michigan fly fisher Gary Reish to Grasshopper Creek where it winds by the outskirts of Bannack. “There’s some big fish in this little creek,” he says.

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Bannack mining

Bannack mining

By 1864, only three years after the discovery of gold nearby, Bannack was a dying little camp with many of the prospectors moving to richer claims in Alder Gulch near Virginia City.

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Civil War's legacy still reverberates in Montana

Civil War's legacy still reverberates in Montana

No battles were fought in Montana during the Civil War. And attention is bound to focus east of the Mississippi as Americans mark the war’s 150th anniversary.

May 22, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Bannack's Hotel Meade

Bannack's Hotel Meade

Gold from Bannack and other Montana mining towns helped convince Washington to create Montana Territory. The two-story Hotel Meade, built in 1875, originally served as a courthouse.

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Bannack's territorial legislature building

Bannack's territorial legislature building

The Montana Territorial Legislature met in this building in Bannack in 1864.

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Bannack's first jail

Bannack's first jail

The first jail at Bannack was built by Henry Plummer, the sheriff who was hanged as an outlaw by the Montana Vigilantes in 1864.

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Skinner's Saloon in Bannack

Skinner's Saloon in Bannack

Skinner's Saloon, next door to Hotel Meade, stood in the early-day mining town of Bannack.

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Hotel Meade in Bannack

Hotel Meade in Bannack

Hotel Meade, the two-story brick building in Bannack briefly served as a county seat. Skinner's Saloon stands next door.

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Graves Mercantile in Bannack

Graves Mercantile in Bannack

Many of the men standing in front of the F.L. Graves Mercantile in Bannack were ex-Confederate soldiers and early-day Bannack pioneers. The dog was named General Wheeling, after Lt. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, one of only two Confederate generals buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Montana's first Masonic lodge

Montana's first Masonic lodge

Montana's Masonic lodges got their start at Bannack, Montana's first territorial capital. Historians debate the role of Masons in formation of Montana's Vigilantes.

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Bannack's Hotel Meade

Bannack's Hotel Meade

Photo courtesy Tom Lowe Hotel Meade, a two-story brick building in Bannack was built in 1875 as the county courthouse before the county seat moved to Dillion in 1881. It operated off and on as a hotel until the 1940s.

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