St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Virginia City

When you think of Montana’s first gold rushes, and mining towns like Virginia City, saloons, brothels, brawls, and a sheriff who supposedly did double duty as a highway robber, church is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But, in fact, churches have been part of the fabric of Montana life for nearly … Read more

The Road Agents

Bannack Montana

In the wild west, murders and robberies of the innocent are considered especially heinous. In Virginia City, the dedicated citizens who investigate these vicious crimes are members of an elite squad known as the Vigilance Committee. These are their stories: Alder Gulch | May 26, 1863 On this date, six men set up camp along … Read more

What on earth does 3-7-77 mean?

Brian Dunning aired a piece on his blog Skeptoid discussing the Montana symbol 3-7-77. In it, Dunning covered much the same ground as anyone else who writes on the topic: the fact that the Montana Highway Patrol and other Montana institutions use the numbers in their logos, the five or so main theories, and Fredrick … Read more