Virginia City in Madison County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Prospectors found placer gold along a streambed choked with alder trees in May, 1863. Thousands came from every corner of the world to try their luck in the placer mines and, perhaps, to garner a piece of the far-famed treasure. A brief but turbulent period of lawlessness and vigilante justice ended with the creation of Montana Territory in 1864. Virginia City quickly rose to be territorial capital (1865-1875), but the glory faded when placer gold played out and the people moved on.
Bypassed on the railroad route, Virginia City struggled. Gold dredging operations from the 1890's to the 1940's saved the town from abandonment. Then, Charles and Sue Bovey began buying the dilapidated gold-rush era buildings in the 1940's. Virginia City became one of the first preservation efforts in the West and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. The gold rush-era false-fronts and territorial-period landmarks reflect the optimism of Virginia City's early residents, providing a unique window to the past.
Location. 45° 17.647′ N, 111° 56.52′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on Wallace Street (State Highway 287) west of Hamilton Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thompson-Hickman Library and Museum (a few steps from this marker); C. L. Dahler House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia City National Historic Landmark District (about 600 feet away); Hangmanís Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spacious Victorian Luxury (approx. 0.2 miles away); Creighton Stone Block (approx. 0.2 miles away); Belgium, Paris, New York, St. Louis, Virginia City (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Remarkable Sarah Bickford (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
More about this marker. Marker is a large, composite "billboard-style" marker, suspended from a heavy wooden frame, and in good condition.
Regarding Virginia City. National Historic Landmark (1961)
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1. A Brief History of Virginia City, Montana.
The proposed name of the new town was “Varina;” honoring the wife of Jefferson Davis-president of the Confederate States of America. (Submitted on May 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Virginia City, Montana – A Lively Ghost Town.
By definition, Virginia City, Montana is a ghost town, yet it is very much alive. Frozen in time, this historic city provides one of the best-preserved examples of the many mining camps of the American West. Virginia City got its start when gold was discovered in Alder Gulch in 1863. Planning on keeping their discovery a secret, the men traveled to Bannack, some 60 miles to the southwest, for supplies. However, several sharp-eyed prospectors noticed their gold-filled sacks and when the men returned to Alder Gulch, some 200 miners were following them. (Submitted on May 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Where Montana History Lives.
Virginia City and Nevada City lie along Alder Gulch (Submitted on May 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 7. submitted on May 4, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.