Criterion Hall - One of Alder Gulch's many notorious 1860's dance halls once occupied the site of this reconstruction in Nevada City
. A news item in the Montana Post
in December, 1864 reported three sisters with the last name of Canary, ages about 12, 10, and just one-year old, begging in the streets of Virginia City while their father, a gambler was conducting business in a place like this. Coinciding circumstances and dates make it likely that the oldest daughter was Martha Canary, later famous as Calamity Jane
. By the 1870's dance halls had fallen from favor, and Criterion Hall was converted into a livery stable.