"Virginia City, MT" Virginia City by JessieLang

Virginia City Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 63 photos

Virginia City is an old mining town that is now a tourist attraction. Most of the buildings in town are original—some now have gift shops in them; others are derelict. Two small hotels have been restored and are in operation. The theater has melodramas in the evening, but we couldn’t stay.

Gold was discovered in Alder Gulch, just outside of town, in1863. A year later, the population had reached 30,000. It was a pretty wild town. Road agents regularly held up the stagecoach and a number of miners were killed. The sheriff who was hired to clean it up turned out to be one of them, so the townspeople formed the Vigilantes. One of the many men they hung was the sheriff. We gathered these bits of history as we bounced around in a stagecoach pulled by a pair of horses.

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  • In a nutshell:Commercial, but interesting
  • Last visit to Virginia City: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Even though it may be commercilized I would love to go on the stage coach around the city. I would like to go for a steam train ride too.


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