According to Virginiacity.com - 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.
And when it says history - oh boy! do they mean it. The Vigilantes of Virginia City was quite the story. The sheriff of the Bannack Mining District in May 1863, Henry Plummer, was hung after the Vigilantes decided that Plummer was the leader of a group of road agents called The Innocents. All in all 22 people were lynched between 1863 and 1864.
Some researchers believe the entire ordeal was a cover-up for the vigilantes who were actually committing the many crimes occurring in the area.
It is just the most wonderful place to visit! All of the stores on the main street have incredible collections of period items. Walking along the wooden sidewalk feels like being a part of a western movie set. I want to go back next year and ride the train to Nevada City.
If you ever get the chance, this is a wonderful place to visit. Find more information here.
I am a recently retired small town librarian living the dream in Montana in my boujee yet redneck kind of way. Married to a mining engineer and mother to two wonderful young men.