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Nevada City Sepia 2 (Montana, USA)


Columbia Falls, United States

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My camera had been eating its way through rechargeable batteries over Labor Day weekend and I found myself in Nevada City with no place to buy replacement batteries. The population is so small that I can’t even find it listed on wikipedia. Shaun suggested that it was the perfect place to take sepia photos and it would save on batteries.

This is a great place to spend a weekend. We stayed in one of the old cabins, which only had the types of fixtures that you would find in the first half of the 20th century. The Nevada City Museum hires people to dress up in period costumes from the 1860’s and play the parts of early citizens. Although several of the buildings have been moved from other cities in Montana, it is fun to pretend that you have traveled through time (if you can ignore all the tourists). Since we were there on the last weekend of the season, it was less crowded. If you travel to Virginia City, be sure to eat at the Star Bakery Restaurant, which has been in business since 1865. You’ll get a heaping plate full of traditional Montana breakfast, including a generous portion of the best homemade hash browns I’ve had since my mother-in-law passed away.

Nevada City is an old placer mining camp 1½ miles west of Virginia City, Montana.

It began at the same time when gold was discovered in Alder Gulch in 1863. In was one of numerous settlements established along Alder Gulch, surrounding Virginia City, including the camps of Summit, Adobetown, Central City, and Junction scattered up and down the gulch for some 14 miles, was also known as Fourteen-mile City.

Nevada City was populated by placer miners working several mining districts including Browns Gulch just south of the town and Granite Creek, about two miles northwest of Nevada City.

By 1869, the population of the mining camp had fallen to about 100 people. By 1876, Nevada City had all but become a ghost town as the miners moved on to new finds although small mining operations continued to work the original claims for several years. In 1896, the Conrey Placer Mining Company was organized to dredge the gulch for the next 24 years, destroying many of Nevada City’s buildings. The dredges were then disassembled and the heavy wooden barges were left to slowly be reclaimed by nature. Other original Nevada City buildings were destroyed when the highway was built through the area.

Today, the town has been restored as an outdoor historical museum, linked by railroad to the Virginia City Historic District with numerous historic buildings, artifacts, and furnishings. It is owned by the State of Montana and operated by the Montana Heritage Commission, with more than 90 historic buildings from various places around Montana, original Nevada City structures and re-created buildings. [from the wikipedia article]

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