Montana Film Office

Montana Film Office • 301 South Park Ave Helena, MT 59620 • tel: 800.553.4563 • 406.841.2876 • fax: 406.841.2877 • montanafilm@mt.gov AFCI Member

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VIRGINIA CITY & NEVADA CITY

 

Area Contact

Montana Heritage Commission

406-443-2081

Chamber of Commerce

406-843-5555

www.virginiacitychamber.com

Population

142

Elevation

5,280 ft.

Virginia City was born with the discovery of gold in Alder Gulch in 1863. A “boom town” of the post-Civil War era, Virginia City served as the Montana Territorial Capital for ten years, until the gold ran out. Just a mile away lies Nevada City, a western town created from a collection of buildings from other ghost towns. Both towns have been largely restored and preserved as they once stood, living examples of the real Old West. One hundred fifty buildings have been certified authentic by the Montana Historical Society. The majestic Madison River Valley, just west of Virginia City, features some of the world’s finest trout streams, as well as a beautiful mountain backdrop.

Credits

Features:

Little Big Man, Missouri Breaks, Pony Express Rider, South by Northwest, Thousand Pieces of Gold

Television:

Fox Family Channel, Frontier House, History of Vigilantism, Maryland Public Television, Restore America, 

Return To Lonesome Dove, T-Rex: A Dinosaur in Hollywood, Unsolved Mysteries

Commercials:

Ameritech, Arby’s

Still Shoots:

Marlboro Classic Clothing

Documentaries:

An Enemy of the People, Ligeia, Nobody’s Girls

Special Locations

One hundred fifty authentic historical buildings

Working 1911 steam engine with tender

Reproduction mining “boom town,”

Vintage railroad cars and depot

Mechanical music machines in City Music Hall

Alder Gulch Short Line Steam Railroad Museum

Saloon interiors

Mining camp

Chinatown

Livery

School

Accommodations

12 hotels/motels/ bed and breakfast, with 260 rooms SEARCH

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5 restaurants SEARCH

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Airport

‘See Bozeman/Butte

City Officials

City Mayor – 406-843-5321

Courthouse – 406-843-4277

History/Museums

Thompson Hickman Museum – 406-843-5238

Virginia City Madison County Museum – 406-843-5500

Media

Newspapers

Madisonian – 406-682-7755

Montana Standard (Butte) – 406-496-5500

Television (Butte)

KXLF – 406-496-8400

Public Lands

Bureau of Land Management – 406-683-2337

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest – 406-683-3984

State Parks – Region 3 – 406-994-4042

Safety and Security

Fire Department – 406-843-5321

Highway Patrol -406-388-3190

Sheriff – 406-843-5301

Utilities

Power

Northwestern Energy – 888-467-2669

Telephone

3 Rivers Telephone Co-op -406-467-2535

Weather

Location Photos

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Montana Film Office • 301 South Park Ave Helena, MT 59620 • tel: 800.553.4563 • 406.841.2876 • fax: 406.841.2877 • montanafilm@mt.gov