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

Frank Prasch Blacksmith Shop

 
 
Frank Prasch Blacksmith Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
1. Frank Prasch Blacksmith Shop Marker
Inscription.  Like the blacksmith shop next door, this early building was probably a dance hall or saloon in the mid-1860s run by owner John Trollman. In 1865 Trollman was one of Virginia City’s seventy-three licensed retail liquor dealers. By the 1870, a larger door and higher roof had been added to accommodate Frank Prasch and Fred Kohls’ blacksmith shop. Prasch operated the shop until about 1914, then sold out to Louis Romey who continued until 1946. The building, in near ruin, was rescued by the Historic Landmark Society of Montana. With funds donated by C.A. Bovey, its false front was rebuilt using vintage board and square nails. 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
 
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45° 17.577′ N, 111° 56.861′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on Wallace Street. The Prasch Blacksmith Shop is located on the south side of Wallace Street between Main and Jackson Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Sauerbier Blacksmith Shop (a few steps from this marker); S.L. Simpson Building (a few steps from this marker); Virginia City National Historic Landmark District (a few steps from this marker); The Buford Block (a few steps from this marker); S. R. Buford & Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Kramer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); J.F. Stoer Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); E. L. Smith Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Frank Prasch Blacksmith Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
2. Frank Prasch Blacksmith Shop Marker
The Prasch Blacksmith Shop is on the right, the marker is on the door.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 594 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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