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

S.L. Simpson Building

(Barber Shop)

 
 
S.L. Simpson Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
1. S.L. Simpson Building Marker
Inscription. This narrow frame building may be one of Virginia City’s earliest structures, dating to the summer of 1863 when buildings like this were rented for up to $175 during the initial gold rush. Its odd-sized door appears to have been locally handmade. First owner D.H. Weston also owned a “hotel” across the street, and S.L. Simpson and J.G. Vetters, owners in the 1870s, may have rented this building as a tonsorial parlor. An early photo shows a barber pole out front. The building served as a residence from the 1880s until 1946 when the Boveys acquired it. 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.
 
Location. 45° 17.581′ N, 111° 56.849′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on Wallace Street. Touch for map. The Simpson building is on the south side of Wallace Street between Main and Jackson Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia City MT 59755, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Buford Block (here, next to this marker); Frank Prasch Blacksmith Shop
S.L. Simpson Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
2. S.L. Simpson Building Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Sauerbier Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Masonic Meetings (within shouting distance of this marker); G. Goldberg Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Strasburger’s Colorado Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Kramer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); J.B. LaBeau, Jeweler (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
S.L. Simpson Building, on left image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2009
3. S.L. Simpson Building, on left
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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