S.L. Simpson Building (Barber Shop)

322 W Wallace Street, Virginia City, MT

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S.L. Simpson Building (Barber Shop)

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1978

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Description 

"This narrow frame building may be one of Virginia City’s earliest structures, dating to the summer of 1863, when buildings like this were rented for up to $175 during the initial gold rush. Its odd-sized door appears to have been locally handmade. First owner D. H. Weston also owned a “hotel” across the street, and S. L. Simpson and J. G. Vetters, owners in the 1870s, may have rented this building as a tonsorial parlor. An early photo shows a barber pole out front. The building served as a residence from the 1880s until 1946, when the Boveys acquired it." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

Update Log 

  • November 15, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • August 1, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody
  • August 1, 2019: Added by Richard Doody

Sources 

  • Richard Doody
  • David Jones