Historical Society launches Historic Montana website

Montana Historical Website

The remains of one Joseph Watkins lie high on the hill above Montana’s Virginia City. Watkins died on March 22, 1865, and is buried with some 700 others in Hillside Cemetery, across the ridge to the east of the more infamous Boot Hill.

“After interment of five road agents (on Boot Hill) in January 1864, citizens preferred to bury relatives elsewhere,” according to the newly expanded online collection, Historic Montana, rolled out Monday by the Montana Historical Society. is a collection of photographs, maps, and nearly 1,800 colorful essays introducing the buildings, neighborhoods and cultural sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The content is reproduced from the thousands of National Register interpretive signs at properties across Montana.

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