Garnet is a historic mining ghost town located in west central Montana at an elevation of about 6,000 feet and at the head of First Chance Creek. It was named after the brown garnet rock which was used as an abrasive and a semi-precious stone found in the area. The town dates back to 1895 and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Garnet Preservation Association, a non-profit citizens group. More than 30 buildings have been preserved.
The town never had a bonanza strike but still is one of Montana's more impressive ghost towns. Some miners still persist and are convinced its day will come yet again.