|Headframes line the hillside of Butte|
|Copper King Mansion in Butte|
We loved Helena. It is in a beautiful setting in the mountains, it's clean and the old downtown is well maintained and pretty. As an added touch the mansion district is amazing (obviously some people made a lot of money there). Reeder's Alley is a neat little alley of the oldest buildings in town. The capitol building is fairly new (completed in 1902) but done in an old style so we were pleased. Links: Helena's site, Wiki.
To wrap up this post I just want to say that western Montana is simply beautiful. The drive from West Yellowstone to Helena and back (we didn't come back the same way we went up) was as picturesque as anyone could ask for. If you were to pick one Interstate highway to drive from end to end, drive I-15 from Nevada to Canada. Over the years we have now driven most of it, section by section, and it is hands-down the prettiest. It makes sense, it goes up the Rockies!
|Helena - Pioneer cabin - 1864|
|Reeder's Alley - Helena|
|Montana State Capitol|