Alder Gulch

In 1863 Bill Fairweather and his party discovered gold in southwestern Montana. They were on their way to Yellowstone Country from Bannack but were waylaid by a band of Crows. While hiding from the Indians in a gulch they found gold. They named the gulch after the alder trees lining the gulch. Alder was one of the great gold producers of all time. The site of the largest placer gold strike in world history. It produced $10,000,000.00 during the first year.

A year later the boom town of Virginia City had a population of 10,000. People lived in makeshift tents and shacks and every third construction was a saloon. The site gave birth to two of Montana's most famous towns: Virginia City and Nevada City.

The discoveries at Alder Gulch drew people away from Bannack, reducing the population, making Virginia City the first territorial capitol.

Events in Virginia City
Brewery Follies
Virginia City, MT
Jun 9 - Aug 27
“Robin Hood”
Virginia City, MT
Jun 27 - Aug 6
Living History Weekends
Virginia City , MT
Jul 1 - Jul 30
Music at the Bale of Hay Saloon
Virginia City, MT
Jul 1 - Jul 29
Bozeman Trail Commemorative Chuck-Wagon Cook-off
Virginia City, MT
Jul 21 - Jul 23
Butte Magic
Virginia City, MT
Jul 30
Living History Weekends
Virginia City , MT
Aug 5 - Sep 3
Music at the Bale of Hay
Virginia City, MT
Aug 5 - Aug 26
Bale Beer Fest
Virginia City, MT
Aug 6
Road Agent Rally
Virginia City, MT
Aug 6
The Sugar Daddies
Virginia City, MT
Aug 6
“Murder Before Tea”
Virginia City, MT
Aug 8 - Sep 3
Virginia City Art Show
Virginia City, MT
Aug 11 - Aug 13
Willson and McKee
Virginia City, MT
Aug 11
Places to Stay near Virginia City
Virginia City - 6 miles away
Virginia City - 6 miles away
Virginia City - 6 miles away
Virginia City - 6 miles away
Virginia City - 6 miles away
Virginia City - 6 miles away
Ennis - 6 miles away
Ennis - 6 miles away
Ennis - 7 miles away
Nevada City - 7 miles away
Ennis - 8 miles away
Nevada City - 8 miles away
Cameron - 9 miles away
Virginia City - 9 miles away
Ennis - 9 miles away
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  • Virginia City, MT 59755
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