Hangman's Building

123 W Wallace Street, Virginia City, MT

Description 

"On January 14, 1864, the Vigilantes used the heavy center support beam of this building, then under construction, to hang five of Henry Plummerís road agents: Frank Parish, Boone Helm, Jack Gallagher, Haze Lyons, and Club Foot George Lane. Druggists Clayton, Hale, and then Morris occupied this completed building until the 1880s when the U.S. Post Office was located here. In 1903, the Virginia City Water Company, owned and operated by Sarah Bickford, purchased the property and maintained offices here until her death in 1939. Bickford was perhaps the only black woman in state history to own a utility, a remarkable achievement in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Montana." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

Tags 

19th Century (37,584)
Building (4,282)
Built 1863 (236)
Built during 1860s (3,732)
Madison County, Montana (92)
Montana (2,184)

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2019: Added by Richard Doody

Sources 

  • Richard Doody