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

Territorial Governor's Mansion

This Property Contributes to the Virginia City Historic District

 
 
Territorial Governor's Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2022
1. Territorial Governor's Mansion Marker
Inscription.  When President Grant named Benjamin F. Potts of Ohio governor of the Territory of Montana in 1870, it was to this modest home that the new governor came to begin serving his appointment. Virginia City was then the territorial capital, and this small residence served as the “governor’s mansion” for the first three years of Pott’s twelve-year stint (a longer term than any other territorial governor). Potts was a large and powerfully built man, who must have appeared gigantic in this diminutive dwelling. The unassuming frame house, demurely adorned with decorative bargeboards and perched on a terrace bordered by a balustraded stonewall, has changed little since it was built in 1864 by J. M. Lewis. Lewis, who was its first occupant, also built the houses next door on either side.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
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17.586′ N, 111° 56.598′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on East Wallace Street near Broadway Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 East Wallace 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. Sanders House (within shouting distance of this marker); Raymond House (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul's Elling Memorial Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Cole/Batten House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis/Gohn House (within shouting distance of this marker); C. L. Dahler House (within shouting distance of this marker); Gohn Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); C.W. Rank House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Territorial Governor's Mansion and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2022
2. Territorial Governor's Mansion and Marker
Territorial Governor's Mansion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2022
3. Territorial Governor's Mansion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 22, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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