In the heart of Montana, Great Falls (also known as The Electric City), is surrounded by spectacular natural wonders and scenery. It is nestled between rich, productive farm land only miles away from the majestic Rocky Mountains to its west and Little Belt Mountains to the east.
The city was settled around the mighty Missouri River, one of nature’s most magnificent waterways. The Missouri River provides Great Falls with its name. As the Missouri cuts through the city it drops over 500 feet in a series of rapids and five breathtaking waterfalls — the great falls of the Missouri.
Great Falls has a long tradition of history which began with the famous expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1805. In May of 1882, Paris Gibson came west and made plans for a city. James Hill, a man of great importance in the railroad industry, gave his financial backing to Gibson, knowing that a city in such an area would make a valuable connection for the railroads.
Unlike many other western cities, Great Falls was planned by a practical and extremely thoughtful man. While organizing the town, Gibson made sure the streets were laid out in a precise, arrow- straight pattern, plus he set aside 886 acres for city parks. Gibson believed beauty was important in a city and personally made sure that elm, ash, and fir trees were planted on every street and boulevard.
Great Falls is home to the C.M. Russell Museum, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and Giant Springs. For more information visit www.greatfallsmt.net.