Montana State Park Reopens After Damaging Flash Flood

September 12, 2013

Less than two months after a flash flood caused extensive damage to the historical Bannack State Park, the Montana site reopened Monday.

State officials say the cleanup and restoration work would cost between $2 million and $4 million, with most of that being covered by insurance.

Bannack State Park is a National Historic Landmark, was Montana’s first territorial capital and the site of the state’s first major gold discovery in 1862.

Eighty percent of the park’s 60 historic buildings were damaged in the July 17 flooding.

State Parks Administrator Chas Van Genderen says the park looks almost as good as new, and he was surprised with how quickly the work was done.

The Assay Office still needs to be rebuilt and the Turner House needs more repairs after suffering extensive damage.

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