A Real Western Town – Virginia City, Montana31/08/2012
If ever there was a city that retained a slice of the old west then Virginia City, Montana has to be one of them. I drove there from Missoula in about two hours as Big Sky Country opened up above me. It was still hazy from the forest fires that lingered above ranch lands that extended into the valleys and lowland hills. From the town of Ennis I drove over a 7000ft high pass and parked up in the main street of Virginia City, a former gold rush town frantically founded in 1863 nestled along the gold laden gulches of Alder Creek. In the 1860s the town and surrounding areas quickly grew to a few thousand feverish fortune hunters. This once was the territorial capital and today remains a true historical treasure. For a glimpse into the past I just wandered around the 1880s buildings in nearby Nevada City, then took a short two-mile loop of the city in an historical fire engine, before riding shotgun on the town’s original 1880s stagecoach.
Go to: www.virginiacitymt.com
My enjoyable visit also included a cozy overnight stay at Just An Experience B&B: www.justanexperience.com