Sheridan in Madison County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Pete Daly built a log roadhouse at this site in 1863. Unlike most roadhouses of the time, which provided meals, companionship and a place to stay for weary travelers, Daly's was allegedly a hangout for Montana's most notorious criminal gang – the "Innocents.” It was reputedly lead by Henry Plummer, the Sheriff of Bannock and Virginia City. His deputies were supposedly members of the gang.
According to legend, the Innocents watched travelers stopping here on the Virginia City and Bannock Road. If they looked like easy targets to the crooks, there were plenty of places to rob them in the wilderness between the two mining camps. Although not a member of the Innocents, Daly was well aware of their activities. Most of the members of the gang, including Plummer, were killed by the Vigilantes in early 1864.
This log building is traditionally known as Robber's Roost. It was not, however, constructed until several years after Plummer's gang met its grisly end. Unlike its predecessor, this building functioned more as a traditional stage stop. Pete Daly lived to a ripe old age and was one of the valley’s most prominent citizens at the time of his death in 1915.
Location. 45° 23.559′ N, 112° 8.788′ W. Marker is in Sheridan Touch for map. Marker is located in the middle/median of the unnamed crossroad/private drive leading off to the west from the highway. Marker is in this post office area: Sheridan MT 59749, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Garnets, Vigilantes and Gold Dredges (approx. 6.1 miles away); Adobetown (approx. 9.7 miles away); Gold in Alder Gulch (approx. 9.7 miles away); Finney House (approx. 10.4 miles away); Montana’s Oldest Standing School (approx. 10½ miles away); Site of the Trial and Hanging of George Ives (approx. 10½ miles away); Nevada City (approx. 10½ miles away); Gallows Barn (approx. 10½ miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is a large, composite "billboard-style" marker, suspended from a heavy wooden frame, and in good condition.
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1. Road agents and the Plummer gang.
In their writings about the vigilantes, Thomas Dimsdale and Nathaniel P. Langford estimated that at least 102 travelers were killed by robbers in the fall of 1863. Many more travelers left the region and were never heard from again. As this became a more frequent occurrence locals began suspecting that these crimes were being carried out by a single
group of outlaws, known as "road agents", under the control of Bannack sheriff Henry Plummer. The gang became known as the Innocents because of their passwords, I am innocent. (Submitted on May 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Robber's Roost: Inside a Stagecoach Station.
(This link presents several photographs of Robber's Roost, exterior and interior.)
Daly's, it was called, but when the reputation of an earlier outpost at this site attached to it, Robber's Roost it became. Outlaws, they were, and from that earlier building, they'd kept an eagle eye out for hapless travelers on the road from Virginia City, capital of Montana Territory, and the gold at Bannack. Pete Daly managed to survive the invasion until the Vigilantes of Montana ended the lives of many of his guests. Daly swore himself a victim, thus avoiding the noose, and rebuilt. (Submitted on May 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Robber’s Roost.
Because events supposedly connected to Sherriff Henry Plummer and his suspected gang occurred near the Daly ranch in 1863 and 1864, mystery, legend, and mistaken identity have long been part of the history of the stage stop called Robber’s Roost. Although it never served as a gathering place for the road agents and no early-day murders have been documented there, the inn is historically important as a link between the two territorial capitals—Bannack
and Virginia City—and one of few surviving log stage stations of this very early territorial period. (Submitted on May 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 3, 4. submitted on May 4, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.