|Virginia City, Montana Post Office 2011|
Alder Gulch was estimated to have a population of 10,000 that first year. Most of that 10,000 lived in Virginia City, Montana. It was home to the controversial organization that was known as the Vigilantes of Montana. It is a city connected to many important historic events.
- Montana's first Masonic Lodge
- 1st Montana Newspaper (Montana Post)
- 1st public school -1866
- 1st Meeting of the Montana Historical Society - 1899
- Territorial Capital - (1865 - 1875)
- The Montana National Guard was organized - 1885
- 1st Montana Town to get a telegraph -1866
What is amazing is how many of the original buildings are still here. In 1961 Virginia City was designated a National Historic Landmark. In 1966 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1902 Virginia City had 28 telephones. In 2010 cellular service finally arrived. Today there are about 150 residents. Virginia City is a town filled with living history. During the summer the town welcomes visitors who have come for a glimpse of another time. One YouTube video (clayguy1) says it well, you can look "through windows to a bygone time".
One of my presentations at the Montana State Reading Conference dealt with Historic Digital Newspapers. The newspapers I used were from Virginia City's - Montana Post, part of Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov that was digitized by the Montana Historical Society. The Library of Congress is one of the partners of this project. Every state has digitized some of their historic newspapers.
Links of interest
Audio Tour of Virginia City - http://visitmt.com/experiences/audio_tours/
Photos of Virginia City - MT Historical Society/Library of Congress.
Contents Corner was the name of the building that acted as Territorial Government Offices. It was located at 300 West Wallace (the territorial capital offices were on the 2nd floor). http://montanahistorywiki.pbworks.com/w/page/21639866/Virginia%20City%20-%20Contributing%20Properties
http://teachingmontanahistory.blogspot.com Teaching Montana History Blog