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

Montana State Capitol Campus Historic District

 
 
Montana State Capitol Campus Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
1. Montana State Capitol Campus Historic District Marker
Inscription.  Montana’s governmental landscape is an evolving political and cultural expression with deep roots. The seeds of the capital city were planted with local gold discoveries in 1864. Helena became territorial capital in 1875. Upon statehood in 1889, the county courthouse became Montana’s first capitol. Voters chose Helena as permanent state capital in 1894. Efforts to build a grand capitol building began immediately. “Capitol Hill” was originally planned on the site of present-day Carroll College, but the owner wanted $10,000 for his land, and the new state lacked funds. East side booster Peter Winne offered to pay the state $4,000 to choose this site, knowing that it would spur expansion. The state took Winne’s offer. Fields surrounded the neighborhood when officials broke ground in 1899. From 1902 to 1920, smaller revival style buildings, including the 1909 Capitol wings, illustrate minimal expansion. Larger “stripped classical” style buildings underscore Depression-era growth. The Late Modern architectural styles to the east illustrate a new emphasis on campus planning. Today, the 1902 Montana State Capitol is the centerpiece of the sixty-acre
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campus, whose grounds and buildings mirror the state’s development. Monuments include granite tablets, living trees, and metal sculptures commemorating groups such as the Montana Veterans and the Montana National Guard. Individual tributes include the 1905 equestrian statue of Irish hero Thomas Francis Meagher and a memorial to Governor Donald G. Nutter, killed in a plane crash in 1962. The campus remains the heart of state government, as well as a testament to Montana’s history and people.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 35.2′ N, 112° 1.105′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on East 6th Avenue near Roberts Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 East 6th Avenue, Helena MT 59601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Francis Meagher. (within shouting distance of this marker); Montana's Capital Contenders (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Montana Highway Department Building (about 400 feet away); Montana Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building
Montana State Capitol Campus Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
2. Montana State Capitol Campus Historic District Marker
(about 500 feet away); Legislative Restaurant - Capital Annex (about 500 feet away); Original Headquarters - Montana Highway Patrol (about 500 feet away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (about 600 feet away); Livestock Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
Montana State Capitol Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
3. Montana State Capitol Building
Montana State Capitol Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
4. Montana State Capitol Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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