The Road to Helena becoming Montana’s Capital City

Helena | The Capital City

On a day when the unrest in our country is tangible we are taking a break from the 2020 politics by looking back at one of the most contentious elections in our state’s history. The election of 1894 would determine the permanent home of Montana’s state capital. In 1892, a presidential election year (Cleveland vs. … Read more

Montana Treasures | The Helena Capitol Rotunda Paintings

Four beautiful roundels adorn the interior of the Montana Capitol buildings elegant rotunda. Painted by the firm F. Pedretti’s Sons (who were responsible for many of the paintings in the Capitol) in 1902, each of the paintings depicts a characteristic “type” who played a role in Montana’s early development. They are: “The Indian Chief”, “The … Read more

Montana Treasures | Clark Chateau

Clark Chateau | Butte, Montana

The stories of Butte in its heyday during the early years of the 20th Century are wild. Dozens of languages mingled, conspiracy and intrigue flourished, world-controlling tycoons rubbed shoulders with dirt-poor miners. The architecture of Uptown Butte is a testament to this variety. In a city of extremes, it’s hard to think of a building … Read more

A Confection Connection

Southwest Montana was settled in the late 19th century when gold was discovered in the region. The gold rush drew people from far and wide in hopes of solidifying their future. Many of the region’s towns share a similar story; it is a story of undiminished hope, a rich strike, and eventual growth. While nearly … Read more

The Early Beer

“You could leave beer to cool in the river, and it would be so cold when you got back it wouldn’t foam much. It would be a beer made in the next town if the town were ten thousand or over. So it was either Kessler Beer made in Helena or Highlander Beer made in … Read more