Montana Bottle Collectors Assoc. meets in Virginia City at the Bale of Hay Saloon

[incoming from James Campiglia] *Get a load of the RV parked behind them!

Montana Bottle Collectors Assoc. meets in Virginia City at the Bale of Hay Saloon.

We had our officers meeting on Sunday the 26th of August. We all remained with the same positions. Ray Thompson, President, James Campiglia, Vice President and Show Chairman. Erich Weber was not present but will remain as the Secretary/Treasurer.

We had a fun time with one local enjoying learning about bottles and listening to us and plans to join the club later. Others stopped by to glance at some of the dug bottles and others we were showing.

We all dug for nearly a week in Virginia City on the property right out of the city limits across from Alder Gulch where all the mining took place going back to the early 1860′s. We only found one outhouse and the big bone pit dump that must of been a creek or stream at one time where the water would rise and fall and the artifacts became cemented together with clay surroundings. There’s still more land to image and hope to find more but we also have other pending projects, digs, to move onto.

Bottles found: seven, Kennedy’s East India Bitters, square, clear, 1880′s and five broken or damaged, Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup with a rolled lip but no pontil. Chinese marked small brass tins, perhaps Opium. Many Chinese shards and a big crock to be put back together. A few black glass ales, one Chinese with different shoulders.

Other artifacts found: Many old buttons, lots of old iron and horseshoes and miners shovels and picks very worn out.