S.L. Simpson Building (Barber Shop)

322 W Wallace Street, Virginia City, MT


S.L. Simpson Building (Barber Shop)

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1978




"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


  • Richard Doody
  • David Jones