Independent Record Reporter Nolan Lister shares his favorite public art installations in Helena.
The life-sized statues of two prospectors on the Downtown Walking Mall at Broadway and Last Chance Gulch were created by artist Lyndon Pomeroy.
Painted in 1979, the Women's Commemorative Mural at the corner of Broadway and the Downtown Walking Mall includes depictions of women school teachers, pioneers, suffragists, ladies of the evening, painters, musicians and housewives.
Inspired by real buffalo skulls found at the bottom of the Missouri River, the 2.5-ton Herd Bull sculpture at the entrance to the Montana Historical Society in Helena is intended to be a symbol of the state’s history.
Art at its finest lends a voice to the voiceless, and graffiti is no different. When confined to a space like the underpass at the top of Anchor Park, graffiti serves as a powerful, if occasionally crude, and necessary reminder of the struggles and triumphs of a swath of society often overlooked.
Col. Charles Broadwater opened Montana National Bank on Edwards Street in 1882. Prior to construction, a business associate once quipped that buffalo would wander down Main Street before Helena gained financial success. As a rebuke of his business associate and a demonstration of his faith in Helena, Broadwater commissioned this buffalo-head keystone to be carved for the entrance of the bank where it lived until the building was destroyed by fire in 1944.
Jeanette Rankin served as the first woman to hold federal office in the United States after being elected to the House of Representatives in 1916. Like the Womens Commemorative Mural, the statue of Rankin in the Capitol serves as a constant reminder of the exceedingly important but often overlooked contributions to society by Montana women.
Lee Montana reporter Holly Michels shares her favorite spots around Helena to hike with dogs.
Education and business reporter Tyler Manning shares a list of the places that he enjoys the most in Helena.
Independent Record Editor Jesse Chaney shares why he chose to make the Helena area the center of his universe.
Independent Record outdoor reporter Tom Kuglin shares his favorite trailheads in the Helena area.
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