Alder Gulch

Alder Gulch: Air view of  Alder gulch

Virginia City, MT

Phone: 406-843-5555 • Phone: 800-829-2969

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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.

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  1. Rambling Moose Campground
    Rambling Moose Campground
    Virginia City, MT
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  2. Cozy Cabin
    Cozy Cabin
    Virginia City, MT
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  3. The Carriage House
    The Carriage House
    Virginia City, MT
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  4. Bennett House Country Inn
    Bennett House Country Inn
    Virginia City, MT
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  5. Elling House Inn
    Elling House Inn
    Virginia City, MT
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  6. Fairweather Inn
    Fairweather Inn
    Virginia City, MT
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  7. Cold Creek Cabin, LLC
    Cold Creek Cabin, LLC
    Ennis, MT
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  8. Blaine Creek Home
    Blaine Creek Home
    Ennis, MT
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  9. Just An Experience
    Just An Experience
    Virginia City, MT
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  10. Curley's Cabin
    Curley's Cabin
    Ennis, MT
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  11. Nevada City Hotel & Cabins
    Nevada City Hotel & Cabins
    Nevada City, MT
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  12. Juniper House
    Juniper House
    Ennis, MT
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  13. Madison Valley Overlook
    Madison Valley Overlook
    Cameron, MT
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  14. Madison River Vacation Rental
    Madison River Vacation Rental
    Ennis, MT
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  15. Virginia City Homestead
    Virginia City Homestead
    Virginia City, MT
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  16. 9T9 Ranch B&B
    9T9 Ranch B&B
    Ennis, MT
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  17. Varney Bridge Fishing Access Site
    Varney Bridge Fishing Access Site
    Ennis, MT
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  18. Historic Thextondale Homestead on the Madison
    Historic Thextondale Homestead on the Madison
    Ennis, MT
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  19. Beautiful Log Home in Ennis
    Beautiful Log Home in Ennis
    Ennis, MT
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  20. Upper Canyon Outfitters
    Upper Canyon Outfitters
    Alder, MT
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