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The Elkhorn Ghost Town State Park is a popular attraction near Helena, Montana. It features the ghost town of Elkhorn, which was a former silver mining town.

The town of Elkhorn was discovered in 1870 by Peter Wye, a Swiss native. By 1875, the area was already being developed for the Elkhorn Mine. The area boomed when the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890 passed, as it caused more demands for Elkhorn?s silver. The site had up to 2500 inhabitants at its peak period. It had a mill, brothels, church, school, church, stores, and saloons.

Today, the town of Elkhorn has a very small population and is packed with mostly preserved and privately owned historic structures. Folks can wander around the Fraternity Hall which was the area?s community hall.
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