Helena, Montana

00 helena capitol flowersHelena, Montana

  • Montana became a state November 8, 1889, the 41st state admitted to the Union.
  • Helena became state capital: 1889
  • Established: 1864
  • Name Origin: Various theories, including named after a town in Minnesota

In 1864, a group of discouraged prospectors explored one last gulch. That gulch, named “Last Chance” eventually produced more than $20 million in gold. The town that grew there was renamed Helena (HELL-en-a), after a city in Minnesota. Tour that gulch today from the Last Chance Tour Train; board near the capitol.

The capitol is faced with Montana granite and topped with a copper dome. Inside are murals by Charles M Russell; a larger collection of his work is next door in the Historical Society Museum.

Reeder’s Alley, once home to miners, muleskinners, and Chinese laundry workers is today filled with shops and restaurants. The Cathedral of St Helena, a Gothic building with 230-foot spires has 68 stained-glass windows from Germany.

The Gates of the Mountains Missouri River cruise explores territory once traveled by Lewis and Clark.

Key Words: Gulch, Chance, Alley, Frontier, Missouri

 Things To Love About Helena

The mountain called the Sleeping Giant, the thoughtfulness behind the signs in town that help folks find their way, the fun of the city tour on the little train and the bumps of the wagon ride out to the ranch, the art, the humor, and most of all, the charm.

Blogs To Read About Helena

Helen Air  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2654

She’s Here!  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2685

Signing In  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2778

When The Bus Breaks  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2810

Going Wild  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2851

Life With Brian  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2870

Horribilis http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2900

Talent Is  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2914

Red Flag Flying http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2937

Now And Then  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2965

A Ton Of Bricks  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=3000

On Watch  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=3027

Pomp, And Circumstances  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=3063

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 28,190, 46th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 1,724 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 16.35 square miles
  • Elevation: 4,157 feet, 6th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 33/13, July 86/54. Annual rainfall: 11 inches
  • Time Zone: Mountain
  • Water near: Missouri River
  • Mountains near: Rocky Mountains, Continental Divide. Granite Peak, in the south central part of the state near Yellowstone National Park, is the highest point in Montana at 12,789 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Boise, ID 510; Bismarck, ND 613; Olympia, WA 631
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 2,146

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 28,190              Population
  • 20.1%               Under 18
  • 15.6%                Over 65
  • 0.7%                 Asian
  • 0.4%                 Black
  • 2.8%                 Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.3%                 Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                 Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 91.6%               White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 4.0%                English Not Spoken at Home
  • 95.5%              High School Graduate
  • 46.2%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 12.9%                Below Poverty Level
  • $28,856            Per Capita Income
  • $47,749            Median Household Income
  • $192,500         Median Value of Home
  • 56.9%               Home Ownership

City: http://www.helenamt.gov/

Visitors: http://www.helenamt.com/content/