“The Star of Bannack”


"Under the lamplight's flick'ring gleam, In the dirt of the dancehall floor, The beautiful star of Bannack lies, Never to shine no more." Having left a lover in the east, she turned heads in the west but at last "A bullet would find her there."

Historical references

  • Apr 20, 1864 - Nellie Paget (birth name: Helen Patterson) murdered by a former flame in Bannak, Montana


  1. Burt, pp. 53-54, "(The Star of Bannack)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Burt053


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Keywords: homicide dancing
Found in: US