There is something about visiting a city where you can actually see the history taking place in your imagination. Just visiting the sites where historical events have taken place is really a remarkable experience.
The town of Great Falls, Montana, is full of rich history and an amazing place to visit. The first inhabitants of the area were nomadic Indians that did not stay there for a long period of time. The Blackfoot Indians claimed the area around the year 1600 and remained there until the United States spread westward, claiming the land in 1803.
In 1805, Meriwether Lewis visited what is now Great Falls, MT, as part of the Lewis & Clark expedition. The town did not become an official city until 1883 when Paris Gibson came and saw endless opportunities for the area’s industry. The five waterfalls in the region (from which Great Falls got its name) would provide enough electricity by hydropower, which was discovered only recently. Gibson has developed a plan for the city and helped to build businesses, a post office, school, and a newspaper. In November 1888, Great Falls became an incorporated city.
Visitors can now enjoy and explore the town’s rich history at museums including the Great Falls History Museum and the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Center. The History Museum (422 2nd St S, Great Falls, MT 59405, Phone: 406-452-3462) displays numerous historical machines and includes about 95,000 historical artifacts that tell the stories of those who developed the central region of Montana. For information on an important Virginia Historic Landmark, Flowerdew, click here.
The Lewis & Clark Center is telling the story of the great expedition of the early 19th Century. You can enjoy the indoor exhibitions in the museum before exploring the outdoors. Here you can learn all about Montana’s landscape and wildlife and the of the Lewis & Clark expedition.
If you come with small children on your trip to Great Falls, they will be thrilled with a trip to the Children’s Museum of Montana. Children learn through experience, and the museum is full of hands-on exhibits that show the culture of Montana, the history of the region, and have fun through math games. Check out as well this article about a great Virginia Historic place, Flowerdew 100.
If you are a history buff, then a visit to Great Falls will be a great experience to learn about the expansion of the United States during the 19 Century. Not only can you enjoy the sites where historic events took place, but you can also enjoy the beauty of the untouched wilderness of Montana with state parks for hiking, discover Lewis & Clark Caverns, and navigate the scenic Missouri River.
At another point, you also may want to explore our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Also, your children will have a remarkably good time there are the city offers plenty of fun and educational activities for younger visitors.