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

Henderson's Paint Shop

This Property Contributes to the Virginia City Historic District

 
 
Henderson's Paint Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2022
1. Henderson's Paint Shop Marker
Inscription.  John Hendersonís painting business occupied this humble log building beginning in 1864. In addition to painting buildings, Henderson also offered decorative painting and sign writing. In Virginia Cityís boom days, when new buildings on Wallace Street emerged and changed owners often, Hendersonís artistic hand was in high demand. He designed and hand-painted a wide variety of signs from large dry goods store and political campaign signs to small hand-lettered signs on office doors. He even labeled and decorated Virginia Cityís first hook and ladder fire wagon in 1865. Henderson was an active member of the Virginia City Masonic Lodge No. 1, ran for alderman in 1865, and county treasurer in 1867. Virginia Cityís building boom faded by the late 1860s, and like so many other early territorial entrepreneurs, Henderson moved to Helena in 1868. Nevertheless, the name Hendersonís Paint Shop stayed with the building for years after. Hendersonís shop remained a practical rental property owned by several successful Virginia City residents, including blacksmith George Thexton, businessman James Vanderbeck, Montanaís sixth governor Sam Stewart, and builder/butcher
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George Vickers.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 45° 17.628′ N, 111° 56.878′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on West Cover Street near Jackson Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 West Cover 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. Kramer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Strasburgerís Colorado Store (within shouting distance of this marker); G. Goldberg Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Dance and Stuart Store (within shouting distance of this marker); J.B. LaBeau, Jeweler (within shouting distance of this marker); Kiskaddenís Stone Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Masonic Meetings (within shouting distance of this marker); Conrey Place (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Henderson's Paint Shop and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2022
2. Henderson's Paint Shop and Marker
Henderson's Paint Shop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2022
3. Henderson's Paint Shop
Henderson's Paint Shop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2022
4. Henderson's Paint Shop
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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