Last Sunday marked 150 years since a small group of gold miners struck it rich up Southwest Montana’s Alder Gulch.
The swarms of people following that strike quickly established Virginia City, Montana’s first territorial capital.
Virginia City remains remarkably well-preserved today and survives off an annual boom of Summer tourists looking to take in the frontier town’s history.
The community hosted a variety of events all through the weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Alder Gulch Strike.
Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce explores how residents keep that history alive in modern times.