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Helena in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Broadwater Resort

 
 
Broadwater Resort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 14, 2021
1. Broadwater Resort Marker
Inscription.  The exotic Broadwater Resort is a good example of the tastes of gold rich Helena in the 1890's. The naturally heated "natatorium", Byzantine in design was billed as the "largest bath in the world under one cover." The pool was 100 feet wide, over 300 feet long, and had a maximum depth of 12 feet.
A street car line connected downtown Helena with the resort. In the Summer local residents picniced (sic) on the lawn of the splendid hotel and in the Winter ice skated on a near by lakes.
The resort now exists only in pictures but will certainly always remain a symbol of the elegance of an era gone by.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 46° 35.08′ N, 112° 2.511′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on South Last Chance Gulch near East Broadway Street. This portion of Last Chance Gulch is a pedestrian mall and is closed to vehicular traffic.
This marker is located in Pioneer Park, near the Lewis & Clark Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 South Last Chance Gulch, Helena MT 59601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Founding of Helena (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Helena (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Cabin on Last Chance Gulch (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneer Cabin (about 300 feet away); The Discovery at Last Chance Gulch (about 300 feet away); Caretaker's Cabin (about 300 feet away); Reeder's Alley (about 400 feet away); "The Pioneer Cabin" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
Also see . . .  The Hotel Broadwater and Natatorium. An extensive photo gallery of the Broadwater Resort.
His (Charles Broadwater) untimely death in 1892 began a half-century of decline for the project. It was alternately shuttered, sold and reopened several times, never operating profitably for its owners. It was finally destroyed by neglect.. (Submitted on November 25, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Broadwater Resort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 14, 2021
2. Broadwater Resort Marker
Broadwater Resort image. Click for full size.
Hotel Broadwater and Natatorium website (http://www.helenahistory.org/Broadwater_1.htm)
3. Broadwater Resort
Broadwater Resort Natatorium image. Click for full size.
Hotel Broadwater and Natatorium website (http://www.helenahistory.org/Broadwater_1.htm)
4. Broadwater Resort Natatorium
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 25, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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