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

Elling Bank

 
 
Elling Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
1. Elling Bank Marker
Inscription. Bankers Nowlan and Weary set up business in this brick-veneered building, one of the town’s oldest stone structures, in 1864. Three well-proportioned gothic arches with elaborate tracery, removed during 1910 remodeling, originally graced this stone facade. In 1873, Henry Elling took over the banking business. His first fortune, made in merchandising, had disappeared along with his partner, but Elling quickly recouped his losses. The buying of gold dust proved a most profitable venture and Elling became an expert, able to determine the exact location of extraction from the texture and color of the dust. Under his shrewd direction, Elling’s tiny bank became the first financial capital of Montana. The ornate vault, still intact, always carried large amounts of dust. The Elling State Bank was organized in 1899 and Elling died a millionaire the following year. His family continued to operate the bank for another thirty years. 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° 17.615′ N, 111° 56.739′ 
Elling Bank image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
2. Elling Bank
The marker is on the right-side of the front.
W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on Wallace Street near Van Buren Street. Touch for map. This maker is located on the north side of Wallace Street between Jackson and Van Buren 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. Old Masonic Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Barlett’s Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Hangman’s Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Pfouts and Russel (within shouting distance of this marker); Metropolitan Meat Market (within shouting distance of this marker); F.R. Merk Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Stonewall Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia City National Historic Landmark District (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Elling Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
3. Elling Bank Marker
Elling Bank image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2009
4. Elling Bank
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 13, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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