Views of Helena
Street, 1860s, looking east from the Gulch
Street, 1860s, looking east from the Gulch. By the 1870s,
this was the heart of Helena's red-light district. Bridge St.
was renamed State St. in 1889.
Fires Plagued the Early Town
Occured in 1869, 1871, 1872 & 1874
of the 1871 Fire
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fires raged along Last Chance Gulch during the 1870s. The one pictured
above likely occured in 1871. The large brick building is the International
Hotel, on the corner of Main and Bridge (later State) Street.
Cornerstone Ceremony, June 14 1872
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of the cornerstone of the Masonic Temple, NW corner of Main
and Edwards Streets, June 14 1872. This image is taken from
a 1930s photo postcard, sold (and likely produced) by the Jorud
Photo Shop. What makes this photograph even more interesting
is that just 71 days after it was taken, virtually all the buldings
pictured were destroyed by fire.
the Whitlatch Building was located on the NE corner of Broadway
and Jackson, where State Publishing was for many years. The
Main Street Meat Market and J. H. Curtis were where the Atlas
Block now stands.
began in the rear of the North Pacific Hotel on August 23 1872.
High west and southwest winds carried burning embers eastward
up Broadway, and northward toward Grand St. The loss was spectacular,
but rebuilding commenced immediately.
approximate extent of the 1872 conflagration.
of Main St., 1878
You can see such images in 3-D without the use of a viewer by
unfocusing your eyes as you may have done for the popular "Magic
of a July 4th speakers' platform and crowd
Courthouse Square, ca. 1875
Late Afternoon in the State St. Area, 1880s
lovely view, but where are all the people?
The large home at the top left, on the SE corner of State and
Rodney, was owned at different times by two pioneer Helena merchants,
A. G. Clarke and H. M. Parchen.
Hill", ca. 1885
north across State St., ca. 1885. The large building on the
right is St. Vincent's Academy, a Catholic school. Across S.
Ewing St., to the left, is the first St. John's Hospital.
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