SOME FOLKS MADE A FORTUNE HERE.
BUT WHAT THEY LEFT BEHIND WAS PRICELESS.
All of Montana has the deepest pride and affection for Virginia City. No more colorful pioneer mining camp ever existed. Dramatic tales of the early days in this vicinity are legion. Rich placer diggings were discovered in Alder Gulch in the spring of 1863 and the stampede of gold seekers and their parasites was on! Sluices soon lined the gulch and various “cities” blossomed forth as trading and amusement centers for free handed miners. Virginia City, the best known of these and the sole survivor, became the Capitol of the Territory.
The very much alive ghost town, Virginia City, Montana, is frozen in time. It is a remarkably well preserved old west Victorian gold mining town just 20 miles west of Yellowstone National Park (90 miles by road). When the gold ran out, there was still enough left so that homes and businesses were occupied, but there was not enough wealth to remodel the buildings. So it froze, and now represents the whole Victorian era. It is the true and original Old West. It is a gem, held within an incredibly rich area of natural beauty, recreation and history.
Come rediscover Virginia City & Nevada City, Montana!
The Heart of Vigilante Country!
The Vigilante Trail takes you on a route through Montana with lots of amazing stories about the Old West. Years ago during the Montana gold rush, outlaws waited around the camps for a chance to steal the treasures found by the hard-working miners. The gold camps had little organized law, so a group calling themselves the Vigilantes took the law into their own hands. Over a short period of time, they had captured and hanged many of the so-called Road Agents who had been attacking, killing and stealing gold form the miners or stagecoach drivers who delivered gold to banks in the cities.
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