I came to Helena to visit my grandparents and became intrigued with the history and architecture of the town. Helena owes its existence to the gold discoveries in Last Chance Gulch by four prospectors in the summer of 1864. A group known as the “Four Georgians” stumbled upon gold in what is now Helena's main street. The claim was staked and named “Last Chance Gulch.” The discovery of gold, quartz gold and silver, created an overnight boom town. By 1888, an estimated 50 millionaires made Helena their home. Last Chance Gulch produced an estimated $3.6 billion (in today's dollars) in gold over a 20-year period.
Millionaires aren't the only people that lived in Helena at the time, the miners needed a home too. I came across Reeder's Alley and the old pioneer cabins. The old brick structures of Reeder's Alley were built in 1882 for gold miners bachelors' quarters. It turns out people still live here, was fun to see an 100 yr plus cabin with a sattelite dish in front. I really enjoyed this place, just wish some of the shops were open! It turns out that the red light district and the brewery were just up the street from here too!
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