Robbers' Roost


Sheridan 59749,Butte Area,Madison County

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Location: Virginia City

In 1863, Pete Daly built a roadhouse on the stage route between Virginia City and Bannack to provide entertainment for, man and beast. The main floor was a shrine to Bacchus and Lady Luck. The second floor was dedicated to Terpsichore and bullet holes in the logs attest the fervor of ardent swains for fickle sirens. Occasionally a gent succumbed.

Pete’s tavern became a hangout for unwholesome characters who held up stagecoaches and robbed lone travelers. One of the road agents is alleged to have left a small fortune in gold cached in the vicinity.

In later years, time and neglect gave the building its present hapless look and it became known as Robbers’ Roost. It is in the cottonwood grove just across the railroad tracks. Drive over and pay your respects but please don’t dig up the premises trying to locate the cache.

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