We drove about 50 miles today to visit Helena, Montana. This is one of the cities we missed our last visit to Montana. This gorgeous city is a unique place. Helena’s 19th century architecture dazzles the eye. One of my favorite building was the Saint Helena Cathedral. I could not stop taking pictures of this incredible building. It is breathtaking, my photos do not do it justice.
Born during the Gold Rush of 1864, Helena is a rare town that managed to become a modern city while retaining the character of its early years: a perfect place to relive the Old West.
Helena was founded with the July 14, 1864 discovery of gold in a gulch off the Prickly Pear valley by the "Four Georgians". The city's main street is named Last Chance Gulch and lies close to the winding path of the original gulch through the historic downtown district.
The original camp was named "Last Chance" by the Four Georgians. By fall, the population had grown to over 200 and the name "Last Chance" was viewed as too crass and the city was renamed Helena. The gold stike touched off a boom era that turned Helena into the "Queen City of the Rockies" and Montana's capital city.
We enjoyed our time in Helena and will definitely go back again. I will let the photos tell the rest of the story. Check back later for more from Montana.