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Pioneer Cabin


  • Southwest Montana
  • Registered Historic Site
In the fall of 1864, a miner named Wilson Butts staked his claim along Last Chance Gulch by building the snug cabin with large glass windows, the first large glass windows in Helena. Butts added a room when his brother and sister-in-law (Jonas and Luanna) arrived with their three daughters to live with him.

The creek which drew Butts and other miners to Helena no longer flows, having been stopped by an earthquake in the 1930s. Before it disappeared, the creek produced over $60 million in gold.

Today the cabin is furnished to reflect the first three families who lived there; visitors can tour the cabin during the summer. When the cabin is closed, visitors can view the interior through the windows. Tours can be arranged/requested for the time you are in Helena.

The Pioneer Cabin stands as one of the last remaining structures that represents early Helena. It is the only one of its kind in the state of Montana. It also serves as the gateway to Reeder's Alley, the oldest part of Helena.

The garden next to the cabin is available for weddings and parties. Please contact the caretaker to make arrangements.

Please call and make an appointment to tour the Pioneer Cabin.

Group tours available by appointment 24-hour notice preferred.
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Street Address
212 South Park Avenue
Helena, MT 59601 Get directions
Mailing Address
PO Box 338
Virginia City, MT 59755
June - August


Special direction map

Special Directions

Pioneer Cabin is located by heading south on Park Avenue out of Helena towards Unionville. It is located at the base of Mount Helena, at the foot of Reeder's Alley and across the street from the library.