The U.S. Bureau of Land Management received a big response to its request for a volunteer resident at the Garnet Ghost Town near Missoula.

BLM spokeswoman Maria Craig said that it received responses from people in South Africa, China, the U.K. and Germany.

The Missoulian reports that over the years, preservationists restored many of the town's buildings, including its Miners Union hall, Kelly's Saloon and several residences.

Garnet was founded in the 1860s by miners looking for gold and silver. The Associated Press says at its boom, it was home to about 1,000 people. Its last gasp occurred in the 1930s, although some small mining claims are still being worked in the area.

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