Skinner’s Saloon through a window in a building across the street,
Bannack, Montana, July 30, 2010.
Skinner’s Saloon – Originally built on Yankee Flats, Cyrus Skinner moved this building to Bannack’s main street in the spring of 1863. It became the popular gathering place for Sherriff Henry Plummer’s gang of road agents. Skinner had left Bannack before the hanging of Plummer, but he was tracked down to a mining camp near present day Missoula and hanged for his purported role as a spy for the Plummer gang. The building was later used for many years as a store.
Bannack, Montana was founded in 1862 after a major gold discovery. It served as the capital of Montana Territory briefly during the civil war. The last residents left in the 1970s.