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Bannack State Park re-opens Monday

By Associated Press
Published On: Sep 06 2013 09:42:29 AM MDT
Bannack flash flood
HELENA, Mont. -

Bannack State Park is scheduled to re-open Monday after being closed since July due to damage from a flash flood.
    
Montana State Parks says the flood damaged most of the park's 60 historic buildings. The agency says that some buildings remain closed, but the opening covers most of the park and the campgrounds.
    
The July 17 storm sent a surge of floodwater carrying rocks, tree limbs and mud swept through the main street of Bannack.
    
Bannack State Park is a preserved ghost town and a National Historic Landmark. It was Montana's first territorial capital, and is the site of Montana's first major gold discovery in 1862.
    
Gov. Steve Bullock will participate in a Monday re-opening celebration that also includes area school children, who will learn how to pan for gold.