Facts About Helena
The city of Helena is the heart of Lewis and Clark County, resting between Yellowstone National Park to the South and Flathead National Forest to the North.
In 1864 four Georgia men decided to search for gold one last time and named the place Last Chance Gulch.
Helena became the territorial capital in 1875 and was almost called Pumpkinville or Squashtown.
Helena was home to several notable people including The founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard; Actors Gary Cooper and Dirk Benedict; Musicians Isaac Brock and Charley Pride.
Helena is located at 46°35′45″N 112°1′37″W (46.595805, −112.027031), at an altitude of 4,058 feet (1,237 m).
the city has a total area of 16.39 square miles (42.45 km2), of which 16.35 square miles (42.35 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.
Helena has a long record of economic stability with its history as being the state capital and being found in an area rich in silver and lead deposits. However, this situation has resulted in a slow-growing economy.
Nicknames for Helena include “Queen City of the Rockies” and “The Capital City”.
One bizarre law in Helena makes it illegal to throw an item across the street.
Helena would become a wealthy city, with approximately 50 millionaires inhabiting the area by 1888.