Methodist Church

Main Street, Bannack, MT

Wood frame Carpenter Gothic church built in 1877


Methodist Church

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1978



Bannack's Methodist Church was built by church members and townsfolk, under the direction of William Van Orsdel, a Montana circuit riding preacher fondly referred to as "Brother Van." Construction began on the Methodist Church in the spring of 1877, was interrupted by the approach of Chief Joseph during the Nez Perce War, and was completed in August at a cost of about $2,000.

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody