Nevada City


Nevada City



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Latitude / Longitude:

45°18’27N 111°58’4.8W


5,761 ft (1,756 m)

Time Zone:

Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)


Nevada City /n’ved’sti/ (n-VAY-d) is an unincorporated community in Madison County, Montana, United States. In the 1880s, it was one of the two major centers of Commerce in what was known as one of the “Richest Gold Strikes in the Rocky Mountain West”, it shared that role with its sister city Virginia City. Since the late 1990s, Nevada City has become one of Montana’s biggest tourist attractions, as well as a largely residential area.


Archaeological evidence found between the Music Hall and the Nevada City Hotel would indicate earlier than mining era habitation, possibly by white hunters or trappers. The earliest white hunters and trappers in the area had no conscious intention of establishing a city on the site, because the existence of a city would have presumably destroyed their economic base, which was based on the harvesting of beaver.





Current Status:

Today, the town is managed by the Montana Heritage Commission, Department of Commerce, State of Montana. Businesses in the town are Alder Gulch Accommodations, Nevada City Hotel and Cabins, Just an Experience Bed and Breakfast, The Star Bakery, and the Nevada City Hotel Coffee Shop. Some of the businesses are operational year round, others are operational during the summer season. The town has been restored as an outdoor living history 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 108 historic buildings from various places around Montana, 14 original Nevada City structures.


Nevada City is also home to North America’s largest collection of automated music machines which can be found in the Nevada City Music Hall (“Nevada City.”). The Bovey’s have been collecting the machines since 1940 and many of the machines are in excellent working condition (“Nevada City.”). On December 19, 1863 a miners’ court trial took place. The trial was for the murder of Nicholas, a Dutchman. George Ives was convicted and in less than an hour he was hanged in the middle of town while nearly 2,000 residents watched (“Nevada City, Montana.”). According to Blumenthal, when the mining had come to an end in 1922, about $2.5 billion worth of gold in today’s market had been extracted (Blumenthal 2). Nevada City is about 27 miles southeast of Twin Bridges, Montana on Highway 287. The town site is located at 1½ miles west of Virginia City, Montana on Hwy 287.