Mary, thank you so much for your personal attention. Our vacation in Helena was wonderful. We'll be back!
~ Hailey L. from Jackson Hole, WY - Winter 2006
Helena is the capital of Montana and is also the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. It's population is about 70,000 residents. Helena is served by Helena Regional Airport which provides air travel to destinations throughout the world. Helena is centrally located halfway between two of our nation's most beautiful parks - Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park.
Helena, Montana is brimming with turn of the century history. The town was established in 1864 following the discovery of gold near Last Chance Creek by the Four Georgians - then a well-known group of gold prospectors. Helena's main street is named Last Chance Gulch in honor of their discovery and follows the path of the original creek, winding it's way through downtown.
By the year of 1888 Helena had the largest concentration of millionaires per capita than any other city in the world. Gold worth billions in todays currency were taken from Last Chance Gulch over a 20 year period of mining. While mining in Helena has played out, the area's large concentration of wealth created an amazing mix of culture, much of which still exists and is evident in the architecture throughout the city.
In 1889, railroad tycoon Charles Arthur Broadwater had opened his legendary Hotel Broadwater and Natatorium just to the west of Helena. The Natatorium was home to the world's first indoor swimming pool. It was damaged in an earthquake in 1935 and in quick succession, was closed in 1941. The remaining builders were demolished in 1976. Today, the Broadwater Fitness Center stands in it's place, complete with an outdoor pool heated by natural spring water running underneath.
Helena has been the capital of Montana (as a territory) since 1875. In 1902, the Montana State Capitol was completed. Two of the most historic buildings in Montana call Helena home - the Civic Center and the Saint Helena Cathedral.
Today, Helena is home to Carrol College and the University of Montana - College of Technology. The Archie Bray Foundation, an internationally recognized ceramic center was founded in 1952 and is located just northwest of Helena near Spring Meadow Lake. Helena's local ski resort is Great Divide Ski Area.
Helena, MT is an outoor recreation paradise located nearby several notable Montana attractions including Lake Helena, the Big Belt Mountains, the Missouri River, Canyon Ferry Lake, Gates of the Mountain Wilderness, the Elkhorn Mountains, Helena National Forest and the Continental Divide.