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Would You Live In Granite, Montana - America's Best-Kept Ghost Town?

They say you can count on two things in life: death and taxes. As much as people hate paying them, it's just something you have to do because it pays for roads and schools and all sorts of other basic amenities many of us might take for granted. Taxes are collected in several ways: there's a tax on your income, a tax on sales made, a tax on sudden windfalls like winning the lottery, and tax on the value of any properties you may own (among others). 

While most taxes are a certainty, some taxes aren't depending on where you live. New Hampshire, for instance, has no income or sales tax. Now, it turns out that property tax may also be something you can avoid paying - if you're willing to relocate to a ghost town in Montana. In fact, you'll not only avoid the tax, you might even make a little money.

Garnet, Montana is a ghost town that holds the distinction of being one of the most well-preserved ghost towns in America, and the U.S. government is willing to pay volunteers to live there. 


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The town of Garnet was established in 1895 in Granite County, Montana and was originally named Mitchell. It had 10 buildings at the start.


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Back in those days, it was located in a rich gold mining area, and drew nearly 1,000 inhabitants in its heyday.


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It was most famous for its saloons, which were at one point considered quite the hotspots. Today, the saloons sit empty. A fire broke out in 1912 that destroyed over half the town.


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The destruction of the town, along with the local gold industry drying up, resulted in the town being largely abandoned by its remaining citizens.


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It's still open to visitors, however, and draws roughly 16,000 people a year to its silent ruins.


Daniel Hagerman

The town is remarkably well-preserved, and that's why the government wants to get volunteers to live there full-time and help attract more visitors.


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Find out more about Garnet in the video below:

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