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Southwest Montana

Gates of the Mountains

Southwest Montana

Even when you’re not cross-country skiing to ghost towns, checking out the Old Montana Prison or digging for sapphires, you’ll stumble into history everywhere in Southwest Montana. It’s in the ornamental details of Helena’s West Side Mansion District—testament to boom-year prospectors who struck it rich (and in Reeder’s Alley’s one-room shanties, proof of those who didn’t), plentiful history in Butte’s towering mining structures—homage to the “Richest Hill on Earth”, and in the Native American pictographs along the limestone cliffs at the Gates of the Mountains.