The East Helena Historical Society has recently acquired  many photographs of great historical significance. Most of the photos have not been captioned, labeled or otherwise defined. It is our hope that someone viewing these photos will be able to recognize locations and/or people and be able to give us some information. Please click on these photos to view the new content. If you recognize any people, places or time periods, please leave a comment in the box provided. Thank you.


The very popular but long out of print book "Prickly Pear Junction – East Helena’s Heritage"
is currently in production for its second printing.

We are currently taking pre-orders for the new book. CLICK HERE or on the book cover to download a printable PDF pre-order form.


We need new members! If you have an interest in East Helena history and would
like to become a member of the newly formed East Helena Historical Society,
CLICK HERE for a printable PDF membership application form.

$15 for Individual Members,
$25 for Family Membership &

Charter Membership is $100


Remodeled and Expanded East Helena Public School, 1940s.

This building is now East Helena's City Hall.

Two Views of the East Helena Public School, Early 1900s


Please consider helping East Helena Historical Society
by accepting one of these Sponsorship plans:

Gold: $500 & up per year.

Silver: $100 to $499 per year.

Bronze: $50 to $99 per year.

Please call us at 406.227.6811 to offer your support.

Then and Now ~ Main Street,

East Helena, MT ~ Pre 1919 and 2014

East Helena Train Depot

The railroad has been an integral part of East Helena history; all the way back to the days of Prickly Pear Junction… the first station east of Helena… and the junction for a Northern Pacific Railway branch line to Boulder and Calvin.


 CLICK HERE for Large Photos

of the 2014 Rodeo Parade Float &

the Train Depot Move to Downtown!

East Helena Historical Society meetings

are held periodicly at East Helena Library ...

please contact us for details.

Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, circa 1900

Contact Us:

East Helena Historical Society

Box 103

East Helena, MT 59635

Phone: 406.227.6811


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Call: 496.431.6026



Diane Potter, President

Sandi Benson, Vice President

Mary Lou Garrett, Secretary

Iris Manes, Treasurer

Nancy Hilyen, Lynn Maness and Betty Poucher, board members



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Small souvenir lead ingots from the East Helena ASARCO Smelter.

Smelter Stack Maintenance, 1946

East Helena Cemetery

Established: 1893

The East Helena Cemetery has a rich history beginning well before the year it was established (1893). One of our proudest monuments is the tomb of 4 unknown soldiers. There is great mystery behind this monument but what is known is printed below. There are also numerous photos from the 1996 dedication ceremony.




“The four graves in the East Helena Cemetery were marked with a brass star and four small plaques identifying those buried there only as “Unknown Soldier.” But this is now changed – in part because of misguided acts of
some vandals. The East Helena VFW Post had a monument made in their honor which now marks the soldiers’ final resting place. The soldiers will no longer be buried in near obscurity, but they will remain a mystery. The star is marked with GAR and they could have fought in the Civil War or in the West’s Indian wars. The cemetery’s records do not go past beyond the 1920’s. So on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 1996 a very impressive “Unknown Soldier Dedication” was held to honor these veterans.”


"... they could have fought

 in the Civil War or in

the West’s Indian wars. "

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