Helena

Helena

About Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. The 2010 census put the population at 28,180. and the Lewis and Clark County population at 63,395. Helena is the principal city of the Helena Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Lewis and Clark and Jefferson counties; its population is 74,801 according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The local daily newspaper is the Independent Record. The Helena Brewers minor league baseball and Helena Bighorns Tier III Junior A hockey team call the city home. The city is served by Helena Regional Airport (HLN). Helena was founded with the July 14, 1864 discovery of gold in a gulch off the Prickly Pear valley by the 'Four Georgians'. The city's main street is named Last Chance Gulch and lies close to the winding path of the original gulch through the historic downtown district. The original camp was named 'Last Chance' by the Four Georgians.