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Helena

Lewis And Clark County,

Montana

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The Montana state capital is Helena.


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Zip Codes

59601, 59602

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Helena is approximately 27,383 (2005).
The approximate number of families is 11,053 (1990).

The amount of land area in Helena is 35.006 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Helena is 14.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Helena to Washington DC is 1924 miles. The distance to the Montana state capital is miles. (as the crow flies)
Helena is positioned 46.59 degrees north of the equator and 112.02 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Helena elevation is 4,157 feet above sea level.
Helena median income is $35,069 (2006).

The Helena median home price is $113,000 (2000).

Helena miscellany.

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Location

Helena location: in western Montana about 80 miles from Great Falls. Other nearby communities include Helena West Side, Helena Valley West Central, Helena Valley Southeast, East Helena, Montana City, Helena Valley Northeast, Helena Valley Northwest and Clancy.

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Helena is generally sunny and dry with all four seasons well represented. Clear skies are the norm due to its location on the east side of the Continental Divide. Though snowfall is received, warm spells between storms help the area avoid large accumulation of snow.
Helena average annual precipitation is 11.6 inches per year.
Helena average annual snowfall is 47.1 inches per year.
Helena average annual humidity is 52.5
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History & History Related Items

Helena history:

Though Native Americans lived in the area for thousands of years, fur trappers first came into the area in the early 19th century. By the early 1860's, settlements sprang up in many areas. Gold was discovered in Last Chance Creek in 1864. The lure of the gold and possible wealth brought many to the area. The new miners considered names such as Squashtown and Pumpkinville for their new city, but ultimately decided on Helena as the name. By 1888, there were 50 millionaires here. Huge mansions were built in an area called Mansion District, many of which still are used today. The first Governor's Mansion is among these palatial homes. It was used from 1913 until 1959. Though the gold eventually ran out, Helena remained vital because of its location as a business and supply center.

In 1875, Helena was named the territorial capital and later in 1894 the state capital. Anaconda also wanted the distinction resulting in the Capital Fight of 1894 for the state rights. Though suffering several major setbacks such as fires and the 1935 earthquake, the city has continued to thrive and grow.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition came through the valley in July of 1805 en route to the headwaters of the Missouri River.

Here is a history page for Helena.
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Attractions

Helena attractions:

Helena Convention and Visitors Bureau

Montana Museum
225 North Roberts
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: 406-444-2694

Montana Military Museum
Phone: (406) 841-3550
Located at Fort Harrison, the birthplace of the U.S.-Canadian Special Services Force during World War II

Downtown Helena

The Gates of the Mountains
Near Helena, on the Missouri River, is the place Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition called the area Gates of the Mountains.

The Downtown Trolley

The Holter Museum of Art
12 E. Lawrence
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-442-6400

The Helena Symphony

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Economy & Industry

Helena economy: stable. With the city being the State Capital and also the seat for Lewis and clark County, many government employees live and work here. Related businesses are also prevalent here. Because of its stable nature of the city's economy, the unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the entire country.
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