"How the West was Once" Virginia City by cpiers47

Virginia City Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 63 photos

Cowboys and Boardwalks

Virginia City is Montana 100+ years ago. I first visited it only a few weeks after moving to Montana in 2004 and return probably once a year. It seems like I'm always hosting extended family (many with children) and it's one of the first places I recommend. Yes, it's full of tourists, but with only 100 year-round residents, everyone's a tourist. Yes, it's slightly cliche. But there's something very cool about the whole place.

A 3 hour tour...or less

The main street is really only a few blocks long, but lined with shops and historical buildings. Many of the buildings (most, in fact) have been restored to their "original" condition from the late 1800s. In some cases, tourists peer through the windows to see restored interiors, but in many cases, there's the chance walk into a building and look around. Reserve your tickets for the night's show (there are two theatres in town) and buy a bag of taffy at the Cousin's Candy Store. . .then, spend a few hours browsing the stores and reading the historical listings. It makes for a nice afternoon.

Nevada City

Just a mile or so down the road is another "Old West" town - Nevada City. It is another "ghost" town from the 1800s but is set up more like a park than a town. VT doesn't have a listing for Nevada City, so I've put together a travelogue about it with this page.

Oh, and I posted a video of some of the area children dressed in 1800s clothing and playing games as a part of the rainy Memorial Day weekend. There were also a trail ride and other events.

  • Last visit to Virginia City: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 2, 2009
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:33 AM

    Was always mad about the Wild west - if I could choose another period to have born in I would choose then - but I would have died from their gruesome dentistry in those days!

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    nice video. I'm interested in seeing what this is all about ;)


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