Minerva Cogswell, Virginia City Restaurateur

There had been an African American presence in the Montana since its creation as a territory in 1864. Jack Taylor, for example, had served in the Union army before moving west and arriving in Virginia City in 1866.  Taylor worked as a teamster freighting goods to and from Virginia City. Over the years, he became … Read more

Saving the Past | Charles Bovey

Virginia City is one of the biggest draws in Southwest Montana. And little wonder. The town played a central role in Montana’s development as a state, and it has a raucous and alluring history, full of exactly the kind of characters you hope to hear about in an old west goldrush town. But it’s not … Read more

Hot Springs and Snowstorms

Elkhorn Hot Springs

As you may have heard, or experienced, Montana was hit with a record setting snowstorm the fourth weekend in October. Rather than snuggling in at home, we took that opportunity to get out of the “big city” and enjoy a weekend away in the Pioneer Mountains. And if you ask us there is no more … Read more

5 of the Most Haunted Places in Montana

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy (Hamlet, I.5) Here on the blog, there are a variety of opinions about ghosts and the like. More opinions than there are writers, in fact, because my skepticism/belief in ghosts has a good deal to do with how dark the … Read more

Bannack: Haunting Montana

Bannack. The once-bright star of Montana, now a ruin. A town in arrested decay. The sun glints blindly off of the few remaining storefronts, stores with neither wares nor customers. The saloons do not hum with music, mule trains no longer clog main street, and the town’s five thousand plus residents no longer throng the … Read more