Virginia City, Montana (Images of America Series)

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Tucked between the Tobacco Root Mountains and Mount Baldy in southwestern Montana, Virginia City began in May 1863, when gold was discovered in Alder Gulch. Some 10,000 fortune seekers arrived, and the days of whiskey, revolvers, road agents, and vigilantes began. Boot Hill, overlooking the town, is a constant reminder of its rough, tough, and unruly past. A great number of mining towns have become ghost towns, but not Virginia City, thanks to the men and women who gave of themselves to establish a permanent town...

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Overview

Tucked between the Tobacco Root Mountains and Mount Baldy in southwestern Montana, Virginia City began in May 1863, when gold was discovered in Alder Gulch. Some 10,000 fortune seekers arrived, and the days of whiskey, revolvers, road agents, and vigilantes began. Boot Hill, overlooking the town, is a constant reminder of its rough, tough, and unruly past. A great number of mining towns have become ghost towns, but not Virginia City, thanks to the men and women who gave of themselves to establish a permanent town where families, schools, churches, businesses, and organizations would thrive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738582054
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 950,040
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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Compiled by the Thompson-Hickman Museum's Evalyn Batten Johnson and Joanne Erdall, this compendium of imagery provides a look into Virginia City's past, with photographs from the Dick Pace Archives, the Montana Historical Society, and the Thompson-Hickman Museum, as well as private collections. Virginia City's wild and unruly past comes alive in these pages, as the glowing promise of gold still stirs the imagination in this small town in southwest Montana.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 "Tobacco Money": Discovery of Gold 9

2 The Good, the Bad, and a Little Bit of Both: Vigilantes and Road Agents 23

3 Building a Town: Businesses and Homes 33

4 All We Need is a Cricket Club: Entertainment, Clubs, and Social Life 61

5 Founding Fathers and Mothers: Prominent Men and Women 67

6 Teaching, Preaching, and Healing: Education, Churches, and Hospitals 83

7 It Lives On! A New Generation 99

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