Men Of Wisdom #3 Living in a Ghost Town

I drove for 3 days from Bozeman, Montana before I arrived in Wisdom staying in motel’s in Ennis, Twin Bridges, and Dillon. Dillon is a large town in relation to most of the places I stopped in, but I was only there so I could visit Bannack state park.

I was keen to see a ghost town on my travels mainly for reasons of curiosity, but I’m glad I took time to stop there. It made some great pictures.

Bannack was founded in 1862 after a man named John White discovered gold in a nearby creek.
Prospectors moved in shortly afterwards, and then typically moved on again as finds dwindled.
60 buildings remain. I spent a couple of hours walking around. The hotel is very cool, but I loved the jail, consisting of 2 cells still with the links in the floor for chaining up the convicts.

Actually on my route to Bannack I bumped into a couple of guys from Sydney who were cycling across the Continental divide. Prime rib night appears to be a Saturday tradition in Montana so I met up with Dennis, and Les (I’ve put their names around that way for a reason) and we went to the Lions Den restaurant in Dillon for one the best steaks I have ever had.

About Gray Hughes photographer

Gray Hughes grew up in southwest London but has always had strong connections to the USA. He has spent many summers on road trips, visiting family in California. In his early twenties he moved to New York and assisted various fashion photographers before returning to London to shoot editorial sports and lifestyle. He soon graduated into shooting commercially for brands including Coca-Cola, Asics, Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Powerade. Gray has always loved film and music – his mother exposed him to Hitchcock at an inappropriately young age. As a young teen he used to record music demos on a four track recorder. Then in 2001 he took a break from photography to pursue a career in music, remixing dance music for four years before returning to his first love, photography. Gray’s personal projects have taken him to cowboy country in Montana, USA as well as Rio de Janeiro and more recently, around the grassroots rugby clubs of Britain. His film, ‘Heartland’ was a finalist in the 2015 AOP awards, with the accompanying photographs featured in the Sunday Times Magazine. He directed his first commercial for Glamorgan Brewing Company in 2015 and then subsequently joined Ridley Scott Associates where he was added to the photgraphy and moving image roster, he is on an indenpendent arrangement while he grows his show-reel so is free to collaborate with other production companies. So far this year he has directed films for Reebok and Standard Life and has shot a global advertising campaign for Vodafone.


  1. J Blanche

    I love those pictures and the ghost towns….love to actually go through one sometime ..good pictures for sure

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