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

Corbett House

This Property Contributes to the Virginia City Historic District

 
 
Corbett House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2022
1. Corbett House Marker
Inscription.  The cozy placement of the Corbett and Daems houses has long been a mystery in Virginia City. The log Corbett house was likely built in summer 1863, and the Daems house by early 1864. No records exist explaining why these two middle-class homes sit so close together but remained separate homes with separate owners (with no adjoining door) for over 140 years. Although Virginia City was formally platted (divided into lots) by July 1863, miners and merchants weren’t worried about city planning. Within eight months of the first gold strike, more than five hundred buildings sprang up, without regard to lot lines or setbacks. With land in high demand, many of Virginia City’s early residences abutted others as a space-saving measure. Early owners of this home included an actress, county surveyor John Corbett, and watchmaker Norris Butler and his family. By 1952, preservationist Charles Bovey owned both houses, which remained in use for paint storage for more than fifty years. In 2007, the Montana Heritage Commission introduced an interior door during restoration, finally connecting the two houses.
 
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in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1863.
 
Location. 45° 17.565′ N, 111° 56.703′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of East Idaho Street and Van Buren Street, on the left when traveling west on East Idaho Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 West Idaho Street, Virginia City MT 59755, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Methodist Church (a few steps from this marker); Belgium, Paris, New York, St. Louis, Virginia City (a few steps from this marker); Spacious Victorian Luxury (a few steps from this marker); Daems House (a few steps from this marker); Susie Marr House (within shouting distance of this marker); Allen and Millard Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Creighton Stone Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Francis Meagher Residence (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Corbett House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2022
2. Corbett House and Marker
Corbett House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2022
3. Corbett House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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