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

F.R. Merk Block

 
 
F.R. Merk Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
1. F.R. Merk Block Marker
Inscription. Gold dust was the common currency when George Higgins built this sturdy “fire-proof stone” business block circa 1866. F.R. Merk leased the new building for his mercantile, advertising fancy and staple groceries, liquors, Queensware, woodenware household implements and a tin shop with “prices to suit the times.” Merk bought the building for $1,800 in 1867, but soon went back to mining. Harrington, Baker & Company sold boots and shoes here during the 1870s and E.L. Smith located his department store on these premises in the late 1880s. At the start of Prohibition in 1918, this was the Little Club Saloon. Like other such businesses, the club switched to advertising soft drinks until saloons were again legal in 1933. The present Pioneer Bar has served as a popular watering hole and gathering place since 1947. Although its ground-floor window openings were “frontierized” in the 1960s with rough boards and smaller panes, the impressive stone facade of this gold rush era landmark has changed little since the 1860s. This property contributes to the Virginia City Historic District • Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior • In cooperation with the Montana Historical Society
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society
F.R. Merk Block image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
2. F.R. Merk Block
The marker is located between the trucks.
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Location. 45° 17.595′ N, 111° 56.768′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on Wallace Street. Click for map. The Merk Block marker is on the south side of Wallace Street, between Jackson and Van Buren Streets. 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. Metropolitan Meat Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Pfouts and Russel (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Masonic Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Barlett’s Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Stonewall Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Elling Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Anaconda Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Hangman’s Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
F.R. Merk Block, on right image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
3. F.R. Merk Block, on right
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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