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.
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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.
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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
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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
East Helena Historical Society
East Helena, MT 59635
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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
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.
KNOWN BUT TO GOD"
“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.”
EAST HELENA CEMETERY
Boy Drowns Trying to Save Brother
Two Young Boys Drowned in the
Smelter Lake Near East Helena
Frank Dibert, aged 13, and his brother, Arthur, aged 11, were drowned last Saturday while skating on the smelter lake at East Helena. Frank lost his life trying to save that of his younger brother. The bodies were dragged from the lake by employees of the smelter and taken to the power house, where a physician worked over them more than an hour, but all efforts at resuscitation were futile.
Arthur was skating near the upper end of the lake and came too near the open water. The ice suddenly crumbled beneath him and with a scream he sank in the water. Thirteen-year-old Frank, with no thought of his own peril, swiftly skated up to the assistance of his brother. When he reached him the rotten ice cracked and he, too, went into the water.
A few minutes later a boy rushed into the machine shop at the smelter with news of the accident. A crew of men ran down to the lake, waded in, picked up the bodies and rushed with them to the power house, where efforts at resuscitation were made in vain.
READ AN OBITUARY
FROM 1911 ~ CLICK HERE ~
"... they could have fought
in the Civil War or in
the West’s Indian wars. "