From Riches to Ruins: Elkhorn, Montana's Mining Glory Fades, Leaving a Meager 10 Inhabitants

Elkhorn, Montana was once a thriving mining town during the silver boom in the 1800s. At its peak, the town had a population of over 2,500 residents, making it a family-oriented community. However, tragic events such as a diphtheria outbreak and the decline in silver demand led to the disappearance of its residents. Today, Elkhorn is considered a ghost town with a population of only 10 people. Fraternity Hall, the best-preserved building, is now part of the Elkhorn State Park.