Haunted Helena

With news of gold in Grasshopper Creek, the gold rush officially began in Montana in the summer of 1862. It was gold that drew thousands to Montana and established some off the region’s most prominent towns. On July 14, 1864, four men (known today as the Four Georgians) set up camp along Last Chance Gulch … Read more

Canyon Creek Charcoal Kilns

With their conical shape and tumbling walls, the abandoned charcoal kilns of Canyon Creek have a slightly spooky air today, but the area would have been no less eerie during the kilns’ heyday in the late 1800s. During the charcoal-making process the kilns billowed clouds of smoke–first white, then yellow, then blue–for days, and the … Read more

10 things to do in Butte

With everything we’ve written about Butte over the years, I was amazed to see that we hadn’t pulled together a Top 10 list. Maybe it’s because narrowing it down to just 10 is too daunting of a task. Since its beginnings in the 1870s, Butte has been a cornerstone of Southwest Montana life. From the … Read more

Helena’s Walking Mall

The Helena Walking Mall is a staple in the Helena community. Whether you are looking for live music, a simple stroll, window shopping or a bite to eat, you’ll find a little bit of everything. If you are looking for things to do on your trip through Helena, the Walking Mall won’t disappoint. The Creek … Read more

Butte’s Columbia Gardens

Butte has a colorful history that resulted in incredible industry, vast diversity, innumerable stories, and unforgettable landmarks. BUTTE’S HISTORY During the gold rush of the 19th century, thousands flocked to Butte, but what really set this community apart (and kept them from the ghost town fate of so many other mining camps) was its rich … Read more

Montana’s Earthquake Lake

When we talk about Montana’s earth-shattering history, we mean that very literally. Montana sits atop the Intermountain Seismic Belt (ISB), which is a 60 mile wide belt of earthquake-prone geology following the Rocky Mountains from Flathead Lake down all the way into Nevada. As a result of the ISB, Montana ranks in the top 10 … Read more

Montana Women’s Mural (1979)

As you stroll along the Helena Walking Mall in the Capital City, chances are high you’ll find yourself staring at the Montana Women’s Mural. For those unfamiliar with Helena’s Downtown, you will find the mural on the side of the Livestock Building along Broadway Street, across from The Basecamp. This behemoth of a mural (3,000 … Read more

Taylor Gordon: Montana Singing Sensation

Sometimes a story grabs your attention and insists that you tell it. For me, this week, it was the story of Taylor Gordon, virtuoso singer, member of the Harlem Renaissance, and Montana native. I ended my blog on Minerva Cogswell hinting at the idea that individual stories don’t always do justice to the whole range … Read more