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Lewis And Clark County, Montana

59601, 59602

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Statistics & Facts

The Montana state capital is Helena.
The population of Helena is approximately 27,383 (2005), 28190 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 11,053 (1990), 12780 (2010).
The amount of land area in Helena is 35.006 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Helena is 14.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Helena to Washington DC is 1924 miles.
The distance to the Montana state capital is miles. (as the crow flies)
Helena is positioned 46.59 degrees north of the equator and 112.02 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Helena elevation is 4,157 feet above sea level.
Helena median income is $ 35,069 (2006).
The Helena median home price is $ 113,000 (2000).
Helena average annual precipitation is 11.6 inches peryear.
Helena average annual snowfall is 47.1 inches per year.
Helena average annual humidity is 52.5


in western Montana about 80 miles from Great Falls. Other nearby communities include Helena West Side, Helena Valley West Central, Helena Valley Southeast, East Helena, Montana City, Helena Valley Northeast, Helena Valley Northwest and Clancy.

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generally sunny and dry with all four seasons well represented. Clear skies are the norm due to its location on the east side of the Continental Divide. Though snowfall is received, warm spells between storms help the area avoid large accumulation of snow.
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History & History Related Items

Though Native Americans lived in the area for thousands of years, fur trappers first came into the area in the early 19th century. By the early 1860's, settlements sprang up in many areas. Gold was discovered in Last Chance Creek in 1864. The lure of the gold and possible wealth brought many to the area. The new miners considered names such as Squashtown and Pumpkinville for their new city, but ultimately decided on Helena as the name. By 1888, there were 50 millionaires here. Huge mansions were built in an area called Mansion District, many of which still are used today. The first Governor's Mansion is among these palatial homes. It was used from 1913 until 1959. Though the gold eventually ran out, Helena remained vital because of its location as a business and supply center.

In 1875, Helena was named the territorial capital and later in 1894 the state capital. Anaconda also wanted the distinction resulting in the Capital Fight of 1894 for the state rights. Though suffering several major setbacks such as fires and the 1935 earthquake, the city has continued to thrive and grow.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition came through the valley in July of 1805 en route to the headwaters of the Missouri River.

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Helena Convention and Visitors Bureau

Montana Museum
225 North Roberts
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: 406-444-2694

Montana Military Museum
Phone: (406) 841-3550
Located at Fort Harrison, the birthplace of the U.S.-Canadian Special Services Force during World War II

Downtown Helena

The Gates of the Mountains
Near Helena, on the Missouri River, is the place Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition called the area Gates of the Mountains.

The Downtown Trolley

The Holter Museum of Art
12 E. Lawrence
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-442-6400

The Helena Symphony
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Economy & Industry

stable. With the city being the State Capital and also the seat for Lewis and clark County, many government employees live and work here. Related businesses are also prevalent here. Because of its stable nature of the city's economy, the unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the entire country.
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Helena City Government

City ofHelena
316 N Park Ave
Helena, MT 59623
Phone: 406-447-8406


Lewis & Clark County
316 N Park Ave
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-447-8304

Helena Chamber

Helena Area Chamber of Commerce
225 Cruse St
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-447-1530
Fax: 406-447-1532
Toll-free: 1-800-743-5362

Helena Community News

The Independent Record Newspaper

Helena Organizations

Helena Area Chamber of Commerce
225 Cruse St
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-447-1530
Fax: 406-447-1532
Toll-free: 1-800-743-5362

Helena Libraries

Lewis & Clark Library
120 S Last Chance Gulch St
Helena, MT 59601-4133
Phone: 406-447-1690

Montana State Library
1515 E 6th Ave.
Helena, MT 59601-4542
Phone: 406-444-3115

Helena Schools

Capital High School
100 Valley Dr
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406 -324-2500

Helena High School
1300 Billings Ave
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-324-2200

Helena Public Schools
55 S Rodney St
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-324-2000

Lewis & Clark County Superintendent of Schools
316 N Park Ave
Helena, MT 59601-5059
Phone: 406-447-8344

Montana Education Assn
1232 E 6th Ave
Helena, MT 59601-3927
Phone: 406-442-4250


Carroll College
A Catholic liberal arts and pre-professional college
1601 North Benton Ave
Helena, MT 59625
Phone: 406-447-4300
Toll-free: 800-992-3648 (US only)

The University of Montana - Helena College of Technology
Phone: 406-444-6800 Helena


The population of Helena was:
2000 - 25,780
2005 - 27,383
2006 - 30,000 (approximate)

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