Virginia City Historic District

Wallace St., Virginia City, Montana


Virginia City

View of Virginia City, looking south

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Virginia City was the territorial capital of Montana (1865-75) and the site of one of the greatest gold strikes in the West (1863). Today it seems a classic Western ghost town, with many false-fronted buidings which are open as museums. More than two hundred historic buildings and some one million authentic artifacts of its history remain. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 4, 1961

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Hotel; Capitol; Single dwelling; Extractive facility; Business
Current functions
Museum; Single dwelling; Business
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1863; 1875
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 15