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

Pfouts and Russel

(Rank’s Drug – Old Masonic Temple)

 
 
Pfouts and Russel [sic] Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
1. Pfouts and Russel [sic] Marker
Inscription.  Paris Pfouts, Vigilante president and Virginia City’s first mayor, was instrumental in laying out the town. He and his partner, Samuel Russell, built a log store on this site in summer, 1863. Local hell-raiser Jack Slade was arrested here on March 10, 1864 and, in an execution controversial even among the Vigilantes, hanged on the corral gatepost behind the building in 1865. Lime was not yet available for mortar, so the stone walls were secured with adobe mud. A loyal Mason, Pfouts gave the second floor to the Masonic Lodge. There, the Grand Lodge of Montana A.F. & A.M. was founded on January 24, 1866. W.W. Morris moved his drug store, established in the Hangman’s Building in 1864, to this location circa 1877. C.W. Rank bought the business in 1889. He and his wife ran it until 1946. Now housing the oldest continuously-operated business in Montana, the building has been little altered since the 1860s. 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
 
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1860.
 
Location. 45° 17.611′ N, 111° 56.765′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on Wallace Street. This marker is located on the north side of Wallace Street between Jackson and Van Buren 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. Old Masonic Temple (here, next to this marker); Metropolitan Meat Market (a few steps from this marker); F.R. Merk Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Elling Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Barlett’s Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); The Remarkable Sarah Bickford (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia City in the 1940s - a New Beginning (within shouting distance of this marker); Charlie & Sue (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Pfouts and Russel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Trev Meed, July 26, 2014
2. Pfouts and Russel Marker
Rank's Drug Store & Mercantile. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
3. Rank's Drug Store & Mercantile.
The Pfouts and Russel [sic] marker is located below the Rank's Drug Store sign.
Rank's Drug Store & Mercantile. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
4. Rank's Drug Store & Mercantile.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 628 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 13, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   2. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada.   3, 4. submitted on November 13, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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