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Historic Preservation

The Alder Gulch area in Montana has a rich history that is worth preserving.  The Historic Preservation Team of the Montana Heritage Commission faces challenges within the building environment of every imaginable kind.  It is sometimes difficult to obtain building materials of the same era for repairs and restoration.  Some of the period correct techniques do not lend themselves to long lasting preservation.  When approaching structures of stone, brick, log or wood frame, the small group of dedicated professionals resolve complex scenarios with conscientious tradesmanship and constantly seek to expand their knowledge of traditional craftsmanship.

The main location of the Montana Heritage Commission is a building known as Content's Corner.  Careful consideration was taken when remodeling it for office space to preserve its historic value.    Many details from the original construction were highlighted such as small cut-out views in the wall to show the original wall paper.


Content's Corner in 1864 300 Wallace Street
Content's Corner, 300 Wallace Street, Virginia City, Montana in 1864


Content's Corner 2014 300 Wallace Street
Content's Corner, 300 Wallace Street, Virginia City, Montana Today

The 19th century communities of Virginia City and Nevada City provide a living laboratory for preservation.  There is a wealth of historic fabric in Alder Gulch. The team explores issues of suspending material deterioration, eliminating moisture, and restoring the original appearance of buildings and features lost to time. Additionally, building materials are studied, researched, and explored for conservation treatments, and cutting-edge techniques are employed on their behalf.

Preservation Work on Richard's Cabin in Nevada City, Montana

Richard's Cabin Before Repairs

Before Preservation Efforts


Richard's Cabin After Repairs

Project Completion

Please read our Preservation Report to see all the projects our team has worked on.  For information on preservation efforts or to receive a hard copy of the current report, contact the Montana Heritage Commission Preservation Team with at 406-843-5247, ext. 239.  Consider a donation today to preserve Virginia City and Nevada City, Montana.

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Note: Train does not run
in severe rain or snow

Virginia City Nevada City
10:00 am 10:30 am
11:00 am 11:30 am
12:00 pm 12:30 pm
1:00 pm 1:30 pm
2:00 pm 2:30 pm
3:00 pm 3:30 pm
4:00 pm 4:30 pm
5:00 pm (One way trip)
Open from Memorial Day weekend
thru Labor Day weekend.

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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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