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

The Noble Experiment

Changing Tempo The crisp air bites the tips of your ears as you hustle down the street, wrapping your fur more tightly around yourself. The smell of cigarette smoke hits your lungs as you pass a couple men shooting the breeze outside the Montana Club, their lingering gaze sending a sharp jolt down your spine. … Read more

The Haunting of the Quartz Street Station

The Butte Silver-Bow Public Archives sit at 17 W. Quartz Street in a building that once served as “Fire Station Number One.” This building remained the Quartz Street Fire Station until 1976 when the Montana and Mercury Streets Station was opened.  As you may know, the mining town of Butte, America saw its fair share … Read more

Visit Deer Lodge’s Old Montana Prison

For over 100 years the (Old) Montana Prison at the south end of Deer Lodge housed the state’s worst offenders. Perpetually over-crowded and frequently mismanaged, the Prison was finally replaced by a new facility outside of town. Today, the Old Montana Prison, which still dominates Deer Lodge’s main street, houses five museums across 9 acres. … Read more