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LAST CHANCE TOUR TRAIN Step aboard and experience Helena’s history on this one-hour, narrated train ride through the state capital. You’ll view the original Governor’s Mansion, the current executive residence, the state Capitol, the historic Guardian of the Gulch and much more. It’s the best way to see it all. 406.442.1023, www.lctours.com

LAST CHANCE GULCH Prospectors took “one last chance” that paid off in 1864. Helena grew along the gulch that today is the most historic mile in Montana. Victorian-era buildings now line the site where digs produced millions in gold. Enjoy great shopping, dining, art galleries and history. 406.447.1535, www.downtownhelena.com

STATE CAPITOL BUILDING Montana’s stunning neoclassicalstyle Capitol reflects the American Renaissance of the late 19th century. The building, fully restored to its 1902 appearance, features a dome of Montana copper. Self-guided tours emphasize the blending of fine Western art and classical architecture that makes the Montana Capitol unique. 406.444.2694, www.mhs.mt.gov/education

CATHEDRAL OF ST. HELENA Patterned after the renowned Votive Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Vienna, Austria, St. Helena’s 230-foot spires dominate the Helena skyline. The impressive interior features 59 spectacular Munich-style stainedglass panels crafted in Germany by renowned artist F.X. Zettler. 406.442.5825, www.sthelenas.org

MONTANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM Founded in 1865, the society houses art, artifacts, archives and photographs. The museum features the work of cowboy artist C.M. Russell and American Indian and Montana history exhibits. Discover your roots at the Research Center and find a Montana treasure at the gift store. 406.444.2694, www.mhs.mt.gov/museum

ORIGINAL GOVERNOR’S MANSION Take a guided tour of the 1888 Queen Anne-style mansion that served as the official home of Montana’s governors from 1913 to 1959. 406.444.4794, www.mhs.mt.gov/education/ogmtours

REEDER’S ALLEY This quaint alley, once home to miners, is Helena’s most intact territorial-period neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can take a self-guided tour. The Montana Heritage Commission, the managing entity for Virginia City and Nevada City, maintains this historic state-owned property. 406.843.5247, www.reedersalley.com

MONTANA MILITARY MUSEUM Montana’s official military repository offers a rich collection of memorabilia, artifacts and archives ranging from Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery through modern times. The museum is located just west of town at the Fort Harrison complex. 406.324.3550, www.montanamilitarymuseum.org

UPPER BLACKFOOT VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM This museum collection of displays and Lincoln Gulch Gold Mine artifacts preserves the local history and character of Lincoln, the Blackfoot Valley and its residents. Located in Lincoln behind the Hi-Country Trading Post, the museum features logging, mining and agricultural equipment and local historic buildings. 406.362.4949, www.lincolnmontana.com

HISTORIC CANTON CHURCH A Colonial-style church dating to 1875, the historic Canton Church reflects the roots of many local settlers who came here from Canton, New York. The church was moved to its present location on Montana Highway 284 east of Townsend in 1952 when Canyon Ferry Reservoir was filled.

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HISTORY

406.266.4101, www.canton-church.org

JEFFERSON COUNTY HERITAGE CENTER Located in an 1888 bank building on nearby Boulder’s Main Street, the center preserves the rich history and culture of Jefferson County. The center houses a museum, library and genealogy collections. 406.422.9879, www.theheritagecenter.yolasite.com

THE BROADWATER COUNTY MUSEUM The museum preserves local Native American, Lewis and Clark, and Broadwater County history through its exhibits and collected artifacts. The facility features an extensive library with copies of most of the early local newspapers. 406.266.5252, www.broadwatercountymuseum.com

JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Housed in an 1898 schoolhouse at Clancy, the museum interprets pioneer living and features a 19th-century classroom in a hand-built frontier town and hosts traveling exhibits. 406.933.5528, www.jeffersoncounty-mt.gov/visit_us.html

KLEFFNER RANCH A mile south of East Helena, this 1885 ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes a massive fieldstone barn available for community functions, weddings and reunions, and an unusual octagonal ranch house. 406.495.9090,

CULTURE

www.kleffnerranch.com

406.443.3502, www.archiebray.org

ARCHIE BRAY FOUNDATION Established in 1951 on the site of a brick factory, the Bray attracts artists from around the world. Tour the studios and grounds of this unique endeavor in the ceramic arts. HOLTER MUSEUM OF ART Featuring the best in regional fine arts and crafts with new shows opening every six weeks, the Holter hosts both nationally known and local artists. 406.442.6400, www.holtermuseum.org

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