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© 2013 Elise LaJeunesse

    Jos. Sullivan - Saddler

    Alder Gulch was the scene of Montana's greatest placer gold rush. By the fall of 1864, nearly 10,000 people crowded the surrounding hillsides. Virginia City and Nevada City were the main centers of commerce. At its peak, Nevada City boasted dozens of stores and cabins that extended back 6 blocks. By 1869, the population had fallen to 110, but there were still 3 general stores and 2 saloons. By 1876, Nevada City was nearly a ghost town. The image is inked with Sepia pigment ink.