The ghost town of Kirwin is an isolated, abandoned, mining town located in the Absaroka Mountains. Gold was discovered there in 1885 and it quickly became well established with a population of approximately 200. In 1907 a savage snowstorm struck, creating an avalanche killing three of its townspeople. When the storm cleared, the people of Kirwin left with only what they could carry. Many historic structures still remain today allowing visitors a glimpse into the past.
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High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles are required. The Meeteetse Museums offer a free guided tour of Kirwin every second Saturday in August. The tour leaves Meeteetse Museum at 8 a.m. and begins on site at 10:30. Tour members should bring chairs, weather-appropriate clothing, and a lunch. Pre-registration is NOT required. However, if you do not have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, the museum will help you find a ride with someone who does. Participants may also take a short hike to view the beginning foundation of Amelia Earhart’s cabin, intended to be her summer home. Construction ended in 1937 when the famous aviatrix disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.