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Rimini, MT. Ghost town, pop. 35.

Deer head in the window.

Deer head in the window.

Compared to Pony, Rimini looks a lot more like what your stereotypical ghost town (i.e. Bodie, CA) looks like.

I had the chance to chat with one of the town’s 35 locals while I was riding through on my bike and found out that the town is actually an EPA superfund cleanup site due to the environmental contaminants left behind by historic mining there.

However, the locals have resisted the EPA’s offer to provide them with water and sewer because they don’t trust the government. They don’t seem to trust anyone, really — the most No Trespassing signs I’ve seen in a very long time.

But the guy I talked to was nice and provided me with lots of local info. He lives there because his mother was born nearby and settled in the tiny town. To get water, he had recently dug a new trench from the nearby TenMile Creek to his house. But he doesn’t drink that water, he said.

Camping in Montana is great. $5 for National Forest sites. Free if you’re not in an organized campground.

False front building with deer head.

False front building with deer head.

There's an old, curved ladder on the building side.

There's an old, curved ladder on the building side.

Cabin on blocks.

Cabin on blocks.

Rimini one room schoolhouse. Outhouse out back.

Rimini one room schoolhouse. Outhouse out back.

One thing I should have mentioned was how many of the Rimini homes still had outhouses — don’t know if they’re still using them or not.

Rimini welcome. Note the little one tailing behind. These were the nice dogs. The mean ones up the street chased us.

Rimini welcome. Note the little one tailing behind. These were the nice dogs. The mean ones up the street chased us.

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