Montana's oldest standing public school, used in the town of Twin Bridges from 1867-1873, is now preserved at Nevada City, Montana, USA.
Montana's oldest standing public school, used in the town of Twin Bridges from 1867-1873, is now preserved at Nevada City, Montana, USA. The wooden classroom contains a desk, old books, chalkboard, an American flag with 48 stars, a bust of President Lincoln, a bird cage, and chairs. Nevada City was a booming placer gold mining camp from 1863-1876, but quickly declined into a virtual ghost town. This fascinating town inspires you to imagination what life must have been like in early Montana when gold was discovered at nearby Alder Gulch. More than 90 buildings from across Montana have been gathered for preservation at Nevada City, mostly owned by the people of the State of Montana, and managed by the Montana Heritage Commission. In 2001, the excellent PBS television series "Frontier House" used one of the buildings and its furnishings to train families in re-creating pioneer life. A miner's court trial and hanging of George Ives in the main street of Nevada City was the catalyst for forming the Vigilantes, a group of citizens famous for taking justice into their own hands in 1863-1864. Directions: go 27 miles southeast of Twin Bridges, Montana on Highway 287.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download