Audio recording of Terrence McGlynn, Leo Maney, and Bill Black, circa 1975



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Professor Terrence McGlynn narrates this episode about the Montana ghost towns of Virginia City and Bannack, explaining that these towns were in the state’s richest mining district known as Alder Gulch. Leo Maney discusses Virginia City and the outlaw group called The Innocents, headed by Henry Plummer. He also explains a long-standing disagreement about which town was the first territorial capital. Talking about Bannack, they recall that the town was home to the first electric dredge. Discussing Virginia City, they describe that approximately 100 million dollars worth of gold has been extracted from the area. They talk about the Montana Post, the first newspaper in Montana, and explain that Virginia City is more of a museum than a ghost town. Student Bill Black also discusses the Bearmouth-Garnet area which has very few remains.


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Montana -- History; Ghost towns -- Montana; Mines and mineral resources -- Montana -- History; Gold mines and mining -- Montana – History; Silver mines and mining -- Montana – History; Virginia City, Montana; Bannack (Mont.) -- History; Bannack Mining District (Mont.) – History; Alder Gulch (Madison County, Mont.) -- History; Plummer, Henry Amos, -1864; The Innocents; Montana Post newspaper; Bearmouth (Mont.) -- History; Garnet (Mont.) -- History; Abandoned towns, Montana; McGlynn, Terrence D., 1928-1984; Maney, Leo; Black, Bill; The Innocents; Montana Post (Virginia City, Montana)

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Ghost Towns of Montana Audio Recordings Collection, OH 038, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 038-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 tape counter index (3 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:11:43 minutes

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OH_038_003.mp3; OH_038_003_TCI.pdf

Audio recording of Terrence McGlynn, Leo Maney, and Bill Black, circa 1975