What Town Is Montana’s Oldest? Here’s The Top 5 Reasons To Visit.
There's a bit of debate around Montana regarding which community is the oldest. However, according to the University of Montana, the oldest "incorporated" Montana town is Virginia City.
Virginia City is a popular summer destination for not only tourists but Montanans as well. The little town comes alive between Memorial and Labor Day Weekends in the southwestern part of the state.
For those looking for a great little getaway, but don't want to leave the state, Virginia City and the surrounding area are perfect. With multiple camping options, multiple dining options, and plenty of "old-fashioned" fun, you're sure to find something you love about this little Montana town.
In fact, for those planning a trip to Virginia City, we've got The Top 5 Reasons To Visit. From the history of the town to a stop just down the road in Nevada City, to one of the best ice cream shops in the state, you can't go wrong with these suggestions.
The Illustrious Virginia City Players
For 75 years, folks have been going to see The Illustrious Virgina City Players and they're highly entertaining shows. If you're looking to step back into the days of vaudeville, then catching a show at the "Opera House" is a must.
Downtown Virginia City
There are some wonderful options in the downtown area, including a couple of places for folks that have a sweet tooth. Virginia City Creamery serves up some of the best ice cream in the state and of course, you can't visit the town and not stop at Cousin's Candy Shop. There are souvenir shops and even an old-time photo store where you and your family or friends can have your picture taken.
Located in the historic H.S. Gilbert Brewery, this popular show is certainly for a more mature audience. If you're looking to have a great night full of laughs, and you're not easily offended, then checking out a show with the Brewery Follies needs to be on your to-do list.
The Pioneer Bar
For those that enjoy history AND a cold one, you will certainly want to check out the Pioneer Bar in Virginia City. As one of the oldest bars in Montana, there is a ton of history not just in the stories that are told, but in the building itself. From the beautiful woodwork to the multiple mounted animal heads, this is what an old west saloon is all about.
Located just about a mile and a half down the road, this "town" is exactly what a Montana town looked like during the Gold Rush. With a couple of dozens of buildings, and several folks dressing the part, you get a great sense of what living in Montana back in the 1800s was all about.
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