Hillside Cemetery

Virginia City, Montana


Hillside Cemetery Virginia City MT

Photo taken by David Jones in August 2019




"Seven hundred souls lie beneath the sod here in Virginia City’s community cemetery. Boot Hill across the ridge to the west was the first burial ground, but after interment of five road agents there in January 1864, citizens preferred to bury relatives elsewhere. Some even moved loved ones’ remains from Boot Hill to Hillside. The oldest marked grave is that of Joseph Watkins who died on March 22, 1865, but early-day graves were often left unmarked. Others buried here include Alder Gulch discoverer Bill Fairweather, Vigilantes of Montana author Thomas Dimsdale, African American businesswoman Sarah Bickford, wealthy banker Henry Elling, and many other prominent pioneers. A section at the east end accommodated Catholics. Hillside’s rich assortment of markers includes a few wooden headboards, antiquated mail-order obelisk style monuments, symbolic tree trunks—representing life cut short—and locally produced granite headstones. These illustrate the development of gravestone art in Montana. William Boyce Thompson gave the fence and gate in the late 1920s in memory of his three young siblings buried at Hillside." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque


19th Century (37,747)
Built 1864 (236)
Built during 1860s (3,755)
Cemetery (1,135)
Madison County, Montana (92)
Montana (2,200)

Update Log 

  • September 7, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • September 7, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • August 26, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody
  • David Jones