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Tourists pour into Virginia City early

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Apr 30 2013 06:39:07 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

People are already starting to pour into one of Montana's top tourist destinations.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in Virginia City's Alder Gulch.
     
Today Virginia City is a working ghost town visited by thousands of folks wanting a glimpse of what life might have been like in Montana's early days.
     
We stopped by the Virginia City Creamery, where the owner tells us the early start to the busy season nearly caught him off guard.

"I've been here since 1987, I think, in one capacity or another and this has to be the busiest summer we're going to ever have. It'll be the busiest summer up until now, I'm sure of it," says owner Mark Weber.

The nearby Nevada City Outdoor Museum opened May 25th, the same weekend Virginia City hosts its first living history weekend of the summer season.
     
The 150th anniversary celebration runs through Labor Day weekend.