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Slideshow: 7 Historical Secrets in Western Montana

Havre Beneath the Streets
In 1904, after a devastating fire swept through downtown Havre – many thought the railroad hub was done for, but the city adapted in an unusual way – they burrowed beneath the streets. Havre Beneath the Streets tour explores the city’s dark underbelly, which houses a wide range of shopfronts and hideouts.
Columbia Gardens
In 1896, Butte got its very own amusement park unlike anything Montana had ever seen. The Columbia Gardens offered an escape for residents of the industrious mining community. Beautiful flower gardens, roller-coasters, a zoo, even a outdoor pool were available. The facility was lost to a fire in 1973 and was closed permanently. The area now is part of an open mine pit that borders the infamous Berkeley Pit.
Ruins of St. Peter's Mission
In 1908, several buildings of the St. Peter's Mission Church and Cemetery (the boys' school, the priests' residence, the school for Native American girls and several others) in Cascade, Montana burnt to the ground. Ten years later in 1918, the Ursuline convent burnt to the ground. The destruction of the convent caused the abandonment of the mission, which had been founded in 1887. You can visit the ruins on Birch Creek, 10.5 miles west of Cascade, Montana.
The Colored Citizen
The Colored Citizen was a short-lived venture, funded for the duration of one election season. The paper was trying to convince black citizens to vote for Helena to be named Montana's state capital. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.
St. Michael's Chapel
St. Michael's was built in 1863 by St. Ignatius Mission Jesuits in the town of Hell Gate four miles outside of Missoula. The church symbolizes the region's early religious beginnings as it was moved over to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula in 1981.
Bleu Horses
Just north of Three-Forks Montana stands a herd of metal beasts – though most travelers along Highway 287 just mistake them for a herd of horses. Artist Jim Dolan created these 39 massive sculptures as a thank you to the state of Montana – and to inspire others to give back to their community.
Worden & Co. Flour Mill
A 1901 picture of the building at 116 South Higgins Avenue, Missoula, was originally the Worden and Company Flouring Mill.

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