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Virginia City, Montana
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Once Montana's capital city, Virginia City is now a living Ghost Town and favorite tourist attraction. Virginia City's courthouse was built in 1876 and it's present day employees are the mainstay of the town's year round business activities. 

Boom and bust continues to be VC's trademark, yet it now comes in seasons as the tourists come and go, as opposed to the years of hundreds of gold miners toughing out harsh Montana winters living in shacks and tents.

Favorite summer event: The 4th of July fireworks. They can be enjoyed from the anywhere downtown (a couch or chairs in the back of pick-up trucks have been seen some years, parked in front of the bars).  The library lawn is a popular viewing area as is Boot Hill, which is my personal favorite. Bring munchies and blankets... the display starts after the Brewery Follies last show is over.

Note: Though there isn't a sales tax in Montana, Virginia City and Nevada City have a 3% resort tax during May through October, as does nearby West Yellowstone.

History

Gold discovered in 1863 and the gold rush was soon on! By 1864 there were about 15,000 people in the area, with 10,00 people in Alder Gulch and another 5,000 in Virginia City. A year later, Virginia City had lost almost half it's population to the Last Chance Gulch gold rush in what would eventually become the capital city of Helena, but Virginia City remained the territorial capital for 10 years, until the gold strike ran out.

Schools

Students attend school in Ennis. 

Favorite Places

The hands-down favorite of kids is Cousin's Candy Shop; parents, keep in mind that the days of penny candy are long gone. In fact, a dollar won't get far here -- have your wallet handy.

The Old Time Photo Studio is a quick and fun stop for old west photos - great gifts or souvenirs. 

The Virginia City Players at the Opera House put on a dandy performance every night all summer long! Intermission provides a chance to have a drink or soda at the Bale of Hay Saloon next door. Classic plays and skits provide entertainment the whole family will enjoy.


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