Great Falls, Montana (Images of America Series)

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738580845
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 A River Runs through It 9

2 Getting Down to Business 25

3 When Copper Was King 47

4 Hydroelectric Power 59

5 From Here to There 75

6 River City Views 95

7 Parks and Recreation 107

8 Great People 119

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