“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Virginia City in Madison County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Finney House

Finney House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
1. Finney House Marker
Inscription.  Construction layers of this original homestead tell much of Nevada City’s ‘boom and bust’ history. In 1864, miner Frank Finney and his bride, Mary, moved into a cabin on this property that had been constructed the previous year. The cabin forms the core of the present house. The newlyweds soon added the front room, decorating the log wall and ceiling with muslin stretched smooth to mimic plastered walls, then applying wall paper over the muslin. Clapboard siding covered the rough exterior log walls in the front and by the end of the 1860s, the house had a second story, some gingerbread trim, and a picket fence. A well provided water for laundry and a nearby spring supplied their drinking water. The Finneys used a fireplace until they could afford a woodstove, then they blocked the chimney. The couple’s four children, three of whom survived to adulthood, were born in the house. Another abandoned miner’s cabin to the north became the Finney’s summer kitchen. A yearly coat of whitewash in the kitchen grew to be inches thick. The Finneys kept a milk cow and Mary made butter and cheese, the best in the region. The Finney family lived here continuously
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from 1864 until the 1950s when daughter Cora Finney was Nevada City’s last resident. Unlike their neighbors who moved on, the Finneys stayed and adapted what their neighbors left to their own uses, helping to preserve a sampling of the local building traditions and structural forms of the original mining camp.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 45° 18.462′ N, 111° 58.14′ W. Marker is near Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of California Street and Montana Highway 287 on California Street. This marker is located in Nevada City. MT. Nevada City, MT is located about 1.5 miles west of Virginia City, MT on Montana Highway 287. 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. Site of the Trial and Hanging of George Ives (within shouting distance of this marker); Nevada City (within shouting distance of this marker); History Wins! (within shouting distance of this marker); Montana’s Oldest Standing School (within shouting distance
The Finney House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
2. The Finney House
of this marker); Gallows Barn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Important Era in Railroad History (about 300 feet away); Madison County Pioneers (about 400 feet away); Dr. Don L. Byam Residence (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 628 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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