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    Nevada City Welcome

    Alder Gulch was the scene of Montana's greatest gold rushes. By the fall of 1864, nearly 10,000 people crowded the surrounding hillsides. Virginia City and its near neighbor, Nevada City, were the main centers of commerce. Nevada City boasted dozens of stores and cabins that extended back about six blocks. By 1869, the population had fallen to one hundred ten, but there were still 3 general stores and 2 saloons. By 1876, Nevada City was nearly a ghost town. The image is inked in Sepia Toned Ink.