Virginia City National Historic Landmark District

Virginia City National Historic Landmark District (HMXBL)

Location: Ennis, MT 59729 Madison County
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N 45° 17.628', W 111° 56.664'

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The spectacular gold discovery in Alder Gulch on May 26, 1863, led to the rapid growth of this colorful and legendary gold camp town. Thousands of fortune-seekers rushed to the area, and by 1864 the Virginia City area boasted 30,000 residents. Rough characters attracted by the gold rush gave Virginia City an unsavory reputation, but these were tempered by pioneers and their families who settled here and helped to shape the new frontier. After the creation of the Territory of Montana, Virginia City became the territorial capital, 1868-1875, and the Madison County seat. As the gold played out, Virginia City's population dwindled. False-fronted commercial structures, simple log cabins and frame Victorian residences remained as testimony to the transitory gold rush. Among the first to recognize the historical and architectural significance of Virginia City were Charlie and Sue Bovey of Great Falls. They began to purchase and stabilize some of the fragile buildings in the early 1940s. The Boveys' personal efforts and those of their son, Ford, resulted in the town's designation as a National Historic Landmark and its remarkable preservation as on of the most intact gold era towns in the West.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior · In cooperation with the Montana Historical Society

Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
Placed ByMontana Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 2:07pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 425948 N 5016022
Decimal Degrees45.29380000, -111.94440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 17.628', W 111° 56.664'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 17' 37.68" N, 111° 56' 39.84" W
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Area Code(s)406
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 551-599 Broadway St, Ennis MT 59729, US
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