Local Expertise, National Strength
In 1863, Alder Gulch prospectors discovered the largest gold strike in the world. The following year, Virginia City became a Boom town of 10,000 and in 1865 the capital of Montana Territory. As the term Boom town implies, the population shortly fizzled out and the town was all but abandoned by the turn of the century. Then in 1944, Charles and Sue Bovey began buying up properties in and around Virginia City with an eye for restoration. They founded the Historic Landmark Society and later Bovey restorations. In 1977, the State of Montana purchased the Bovey’s properties and established the Montana Heritage Commission which now governs much of Virginia and Nevada Cities. Virginia City today houses the largest collection of old-west artifacts outside the Smithsonian Institute.
Modern day Virginia and Nevada Cities offer a plethora of entertainment opportunities. Theater enthusiasts have their pick of either The Brewery Follies or the Intrepid Virginia City Players. Train, stagecoach and walking tours as well as living history events also mark most days during the summer season. For the outdoor recreationist fishing, hiking, mountain biking and gold panning are all available during the summer with cross country skiing and snowmobiling available during the winter months.