Downhill & Hotel

Photography Now & Then #22

Today’s photo: Downhill into town on the way to the gym in the ‘city,’ January 22, 2018 (Pentax K-3 II)

Today’s photo1: Downhill into town on the way to the gym in the ‘city,’  January 22, 2018 (Pentax K-3 II)

A front went through last night, with storms that gave us  3/4 inch of rain. About 15° cooler today – barely 50°F and breezy with a wind out of the west.

Photo Favorite: Hotel Meade, Bannack State Park, Montana historical ghost town, July 30, 2010 (Pentax K10D)

Photo Favorite2: Hotel Meade, Bannack State Park, Montana historical ghost town, July 30, 2010 (Pentax K10D)

Meade Hotel3

Built in 1875 for $14,000 as the Beaverhead County Courthouse, this building was the first brick courthouse in Montana. Prior to its construction, two nearby log cabins served as the chambers for the first territorial legislature when they met here in 1864.

In 1880, the Utah and Northern Railroad established a terminus in Dillon.  Stock raising and agriculture were displacing mining as the main industries in Beaverhead County, with mining declining as was Bannack, while Dillon was evolving into a bustling freighting center.  Dillon residents petitioned the territorial legislature who called a special election to determine the county seat.  By a vote of 665 to 495, Dillon was chosen as the county seat in February, 1881.

Interior images may be seen at Images from Bannack–008.


  1. Today’s Photo is a photo that is almost always taken the day of the blog post.  In some instances, posts may be backdated if internet access is not available on the day of the photo or other reasons prevent posting Now and Then.
  2. Photo Favorite is a randomly selected older photograph from a batch of photos specifically “curated” for Now and Then.
  3. Images from Bannack–008 – Haw Creek

Note: Reference links were accessed on the date the blog post was published, unless otherwise stated.

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