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

10 Things to do in the Anaconda-Philipsburg Area


Nestled in the Pintler Mountains and connected by the beautiful Pintler Veterans’ Memorial Scenic Highway, the Anaconda-Philipsburg area offers a treasure trove of activities. A literal treasure trove, given the panning-for-sapphires opportunities in Philipsburg. It’s always difficult to make these “X Things To Do” lists–there’s so many great activities, narrowing it down is impossible! So … 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

Minerva Cogswell, Virginia City Restaurateur

There had been an African American presence in the Montana since its creation as a territory in 1864. Jack Taylor, for example, had served in the Union army before moving west and arriving in Virginia City in 1866.  Taylor worked as a teamster freighting goods to and from Virginia City. Over the years, he became … Read more