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Virginia City in Madison County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Virginia City National Historic Landmark District

 
 
Virginia City National Historic Landmark District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
1. Virginia City National Historic Landmark District Marker
Inscription. The spectacular gold discovery in Alder Gulch on May 26, 1863, led to the rapid growth of this colorful and legendary gold camp town. Thousands of fortune-seekers rushed to the area, and by 1864 the Virginia City area boasted 30,000 residents. Rough characters attracted by the gold rush gave Virginia City an unsavory reputation, but these were tempered by pioneers and their families who settled here and helped to shape the new frontier. After the creation of the Territory of Montana, Virginia City became the territorial capital, 1868-1875, and the Madison County seat. As the gold played out, Virginia City’s population dwindled. False-fronted commercial structures, simple log cabins and frame Victorian residences remained as testimony to the transitory gold rush. Among the first to recognize the historical and architectural significance of Virginia City were Charlie and Sue Bovey of Great Falls. They began to purchase and stabilize some of the fragile buildings in the early 1940s. The Boveys’ personal efforts and those of their son, Ford, resulted in the town’s designation as a National Historic Landmark and its remarkable preservation as on of the most intact gold era towns in the West.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior • In cooperation with the Montana Historical Society

Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, ca. 1895 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
2. Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, ca. 1895

 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 45° 17.628′ N, 111° 56.664′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on Wallace Street (State Highway 287). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia City MT 59755, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hangman’s Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Elling Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barlett’s Blacksmith Shop (about 400 feet away); Old Masonic Temple (about 400 feet away); Pfouts and Russel (about 400 feet away); Metropolitan Meat Market (about 500 feet away); F.R. Merk Block (about 500 feet away); Stonewall Hall (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Virginia City, Montana - a brief history. (Submitted on November 11, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Charlers Bovey (1907-1978). (Submitted on November 11, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Notable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Virginia City National Historic Landmark District image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
3. Virginia City National Historic Landmark District
Henry Ellings Store image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
4. Henry Ellings Store
Content's Corner image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
5. Content's Corner
Madison County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
6. Madison County Courthouse
LaBeau's Jewelry Store, ca. 1863 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
7. LaBeau's Jewelry Store, ca. 1863
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 580 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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