11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Year Listed: 1992, 1993, 1994
Location: Virginia City, Montana
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect
The western frontier boomtown where Montana's first newspaper was founded, Virginia City declined when the gold rush ended, and its population dropped from 2,500 residents at its peak to about 150 citizens. Today, the town's small Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Italianate buildings remain largely intact, primarily due to the preservation efforts of a Montana family who began restoring the structures in the 1940s. But this National Historic Landmark is in precarious condition because citizens lack the necessary financial and technical resources to stave off its deterioration.