Please note that this entire website is a work of fiction, loosely based on the actual town of Bannack, Montana in the United States. As such buildings and names of people have been used to lend a little bit of extra authenticity to the entire project. No offence is meant to anyone. Moreover, sometimes terms have been used that, nowadays, are considered politically incorrect and offensive. Again, this has been done to create a sense of authenticity, it does not mean I support this particular vocabulary, nor its connotations.
In order to distance itself from the actual town of Bannack, the alternative spelling of Bannock has been used. If it hadn't been for some spelling error back in the day, this might have been the town's actual name, as the native American tribe which the town was named after, are called the Bannock, rather than the Bannack.
What happened to all the gold stolen by Sheriff Plummer and his gang of Innocents? The mystery remains...
The tale of Plummer's gold is a famous one in the region. Former Sheriff of Bannock, Plummer was in an excellent position to divert attention from his gang's activities, the Innocents, allowing them to plunder and steal to their hearts' content. Safe from persecution, they amassed great wealth.
Allegedly, their biggest raid, on a gold transport during the Civil War, was also to be their undoing, as it was shortly after that a group of vigilantes caught up with Plummer and had him hanged on the 11th of January, 1864, together with his two deputies; Ned Ray and Buck Stinson.
However, even after almost twenty years, the gold that was stolen by the late Sheriff Plummer and his outlaw band has not been found. Over the years, many people have searched for it, but considering the large number of abandoned mine shafts in the Beaverhead area, the gold could be anywhere.
As the town celebrates the 18th anniversary of Plummer's Hanging, the question on everyone's mind: "What happened to the gold?"
Hotel Meade is rumored to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl. Are these just rumors or is there more to this tale?
Rumors have been circulating through town recently, claiming that Hotel Meade is haunted.
Several patrons of the Meade Hotel insist to have seen a littl girl dancing up and down the hallway of the second floor. She appears to be singing "Little chicken from the farm".
More sceptic townsfolk claim that this rumor was started by J.C. Meade, the proprietor of the hotel, to increase patronage. When asked to comment on the situation, Meade only remarked that folk believe what folk want to believe.
Nevertheless, concerned townsfolk have assembled a committee to investigate these rumors. Readers wishing to assist should contact Arthur Rebish.
Our intrepid reporter overheard a conversation in Skinner's Saloon between Mr. McPherson, of Bannock, and a representative of the Northern Pacific Railway in which they spoke of an extension of the Northern Pacific line to Bannock.
A connection to the Northern Pacific railway line, which stretches from Duluth in the East to Bellingham in the West, would bring great prosperity and new commercial enterprises to Bannock. A separate line, running from Butte to Bannock would indeed be very beneficial to the town. Mr. McPherson did not want to comment on the prospect of a railway station in Bannock, merely stating that he is looking into the possibilities.
Disturbing reports have reached this newspaper that the otherwise peaceful Indian tribes around Bannock are gearing up for war. As for the cause for this, not much is known.
For years the Bana'kwut Indian tribes, after whom the town is named, have lived in relative peaceful coexistence with the people of Bannock. However, lately, traders that have visited the Indian villages have reported that the braves are gearing up for war.
This may have something to do with their new medicine man, Tocho (which roughly translates as Mountain Lion), who takes a more aggressive stance towards the American settlers. For now he tolerates the traders, but it is unclear how long this will last. Mr. McPherson has asked Mr. Lovell, Bannock's Postmaster, to inform the Army garrison stationed near Butte of this in case their assistance is needed.
After years of intensive mining the yields from the gold fields near Bannock seem to be dwindling. Is this a sign that there is no more gold to be found?
Gold has always been a constant in Bannock's history and the prospect that the gold fields are drying up is not a good one. Much of the talk in Skinner's Saloon and the Montana Hotel is about the low gold yields; local prospectors have more and more trouble finding the precious ore. Several mines in the vicinity of the town have already been deserted, Grimm's Mine chief among them.
Grimm's Mine was first mined over twenty years ago, its gold legendary. Nowadays, however, not a single soul lives there anymore, the huts in disrepair and the mine itself dangerously unstable. Prospectors abandoned the site years ago, but recently activity was observed by townspeople who would like to remain anonymous at the time of writing.
LOST. Brown boots, size 8. Left beside stream while bathing. My only pair. Please return to John White, Montana Hotel
LOST. A small box with four teeth was left in one of the rooms at the Meade Hotel. Mister Meade will hold them for two weeks. He can be found behind the front desk in the lobby of the Meade Hotel.
FOUND. Left in one of the stores in Bannock, on Thursday last, one common gunny sack with holes in the sides. Said sack containing valuable papers, shirts, etc. For more information contact Amede Bessette at the drugstore.