The concept of Montana Ghost Wood originated with the idea of developing a product using dead standing timber and then crafting it to resemble old reclaimed barn wood. Reclaimed wood has become very popular, but for many people it is not affordable and for many contractors due to numerous defects it is not an easy product to install. After countless hours of experimenting, we finally produced a piece of wood that looked identical to reclaimed barn wood. We then needed to figure out how to mass produce this reclaimed look.
Countless more hours along with a few hundred thousand dollars were spent on custom machines to mass produce this new wood product. We are the first company to mass produce a new piece of wood and make it look like old, reclaimed barn wood. We felt we needed to come up with a name, knowing this would be a valuable key to market our new product. Many of us at Bitterroot Valley Forest Products are native Montanans, so seeing ghost towns in Montana is nothing new to us. All of them consist of some of the most beautiful reclaimed wood colors, brown, rust, black, grey, and silver. We decided to name our new product “Montana Ghost Wood®” ,since our new product looked like the reclaimed wood from ghost towns here in Montana.
As we were developing Montana Ghost Wood, we became aware how ghost towns were being vandalized and the reclaimed wood stolen for building materials in new construction. We wanted our product to help put an end to that.
“Bannack Brown” was the original color for Montana Ghost Wood. After taking a few summer trips to Bannack State Park, it always amazed me how all the old structures still stood. Most of these buildings have the original wood that has a beautiful brown reclaimed patina. It only made sense to put that name to the color of our first Montana Ghost Wood product.
Founded in 1862, when John White discovered gold on Grasshopper Creek, Bannack was where the great Montana boom began. Many prospectors, refugees from the Civil War, and businessmen hoping to strike it rich rushed to Bannack, then known as the Queen of the Gold Camps. Thievery and vigilantes abounded. In 1864, Bannack was named as the first Territorial Capital of Montana but soon the Capital moved on to Virginia City where new loades of gold were found. From the late 1860’s to the early 1930’s, Bannack continued as a mining town where individuals experimented with mining techniques and raised families. By the 1950’s most people had left and the State of Montana declared Bannack a state park. Today over 60 structures full of raw beauty may be viewed. The cemetery holds the ancestors of many early Montanans and reveals their history.