Great Falls

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Before Meriwether Lewis saw the Great Falls of the Missouri River in 1805, the area had been visited for centuries by plains bison and the Blackfeet Indians. The city's founding father, Paris Gibson, learned of the falls from Lewis and Clark's journals, and with financing from railroader James J. Hill, Gibson began building the city of Great Falls in 1884, capitalizing on its Missouri River location. After the railroad arrived, the first of five hydroelectric dams was built, along with smelters for silver and copper. The year 1909 saw the homestead boom and settlers by the thousands, while World War II's construction boom supported large military facilities in the city. Great Falls' good times lasted 90 years.
ISBN: 9780738580845
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Montana
Series: Images of America
Images: 194
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Great Falls historian Don Peterson, working with the archives of The History Museum and images from private collections, presents here a collection of vintage images illustrating the journey of Great Falls from a busy industrial and rail center to a modern suburb. This volume showcases not only the Missouri River, but Great Falls' evolution as a city, along with the sense of community that has always been a source of pride in this singular place.
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