Montana State Capital

Montana State Capital

1301 East 6th Avenue,Helena 59601,Helena Area,Lewis and Clark County

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Situated against a backdrop of the hills of Helena, the Montana State Capital commands a panoramic view of the Helena Valley. Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark called this area “Prickly Pear Valley” when they traversed it in 1805. A century of exploration, trapping, prospecting, mining, settlement, and development occurred in what became Montana before the construction of a State Capital was achieved.

The mining camp of Last Chance Gulch was born with the discovery of placer gold by the “Four Georgians” in 1864. The fledgling camp soon changed to Helena. Surprisingly, the community did not die when the gold ran out because the merchants turned it into a banking and supply center. By 1875 Helena had wrested the Montana Territorial capital from Virginia City.

When Montana joined the Union in 1889, a battle for the permanent state capital ensued. In 1894 Helena (backed by Copper King William A. Clark) opposed Anaconda (supported by Copper King Marcus Daly) for this honor. Helena’s victory assured it a state capitol building, yet the National Crash of 1893 initially delayed construction.

Finally, optimism about the state’s future led the 1895 legislature to

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