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

Metropolitan Meat Market

 
 
Metropolitan Meat Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
1. Metropolitan Meat Market Marker
Inscription. George Gohn was one of the first to arrive at Alder Gulch in 1863 where he and Conrad Kohrs set up a meat market in a log cabin. Alkali dust sifted through the chinks and covered the meat prompting Gohn to experiment with various other locations until he settled on this site in 1880. When fire destroyed much of the block in 1888, only Gohn rebuilt. The present building, completed that year, long stood solitary on this section of Wallace Street. Decorated pilasters, brackets and imitation quarried stone highlight the cast iron storefront manufactured by George Mesker of Evansville, Indiana. Recent interior renovations included restoration of the tin ceiling. In the process, owners discovered a hidden treasure behind a plastered drywall: Gohn’s elaborate oak meat cooler with beveled mirrors intact. This unusual example of 1880s state-of-the-art equipment stands sixteen feet high. Gohn advertised that his cooler was always well stocked with beef, veal, pork, game fowl and mutton and that his peddling wagons were “run regularly up and down the gulch.” 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
Metropolitan Meat Market image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
2. Metropolitan Meat Market
The marker is on the left, near the flag.
Historical Society.
 
Location. 45° 17.609′ N, 111° 56.774′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on Wallace Street. Click for map. This maker is located on the north 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. Pfouts and Russel (a few steps from this marker); Old Masonic Temple (a few steps from this marker); F.R. Merk Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Elling Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Stonewall Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Barlett’s Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Anaconda Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Hangman’s Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Metropolitan Meat Market image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
3. Metropolitan Meat Market
A Cast-iron column on the Metropolitan Meat Market image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
4. A Cast-iron column on the Metropolitan Meat Market
Pressed-metal Ornamentation of the False-front image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
5. Pressed-metal Ornamentation of the False-front
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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