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Birthplace of Great Falls

Several weeks ago I posted about a small book from 1986 titled “What To Do On A Boring Day In Great Falls.” Here’s an excerpt about our city’s founding:

Great Falls as a city originated one beautiful sunny day in early May of 1882. On that particular day, Paris Gibson, age 42, climbed to the top of the Boston Heights Hill (First Ave N and 33rd St) and was struck by the awesome beauty of the gently rolling plains stretching to the Medicine and Missouri Rivers with snowcapped mountains visible in every direction. He had already observed the potential of the Falls and here was the level ground to place a city. Like a lightening (sic) flash, Great Falls began at this moment of conception.

Thank you, Paris Gibson! Coming up in the next excerpt: Johnstown and Little Milwaukee.

Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, we appreciate all of the things that dear ol’ dad has done for us: life lessons, wisdom, trips together, hunting, shared jokes, and such. So a hearty “thanks!” to all the dads out there – including mine, of course. But this is a blog about Great Falls, so let’s take a moment to remember the man who is, after all, the “Father Of Great Falls” — Paris Gibson. He’s not just some guy that we named a museum and a school for…he really did create our fair community. Here’s a quick sketch of Gibon’s life: Continue reading

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Retro: Buttrey’s

I’m disappointed: only ONE person left a comment to guess about the Retro picture! So either nobody cared, or nobody (except GeeGuy) was brave enough to venture a guess. The answer is: Buttrey’s! Check out this ad from 1964: Continue reading

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Portage

Took a little visit about ten miles north of GF to Portage on Saturday; it’s not a town or village – just sort of a one-time train stop with a couple of abandoned grain elevators (?), with a large homestead adjacent. We were there for a huge auction (conducted by the awesome Burows team). We snuck out of the proceedings for a bit and poked around the old buildings; most of the stuff we saw inside (invoices, posters, etc) was from 1948-1980, including a Coke can with the ring-tab pull-top.

Trip to Portage, MT
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Iniwa 1957

As promised, here is the editorial from the May 1957 “Iniwa” student newspaper at Great Falls High School. The “hobby” being denounced by the article is…carving in desks! Not booze, not smoking, not meth, not tongue-piercings, not smooching…but wood-carving on the desks. I wonder if the school still has this problem? Continue reading

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Retro: Iniwa!

The Iniwa is the award-winning newspaper of Great Falls High School, and it has been around for a long time. I stumbled across an edition from May 1957, and apropros of the comments about Bailar’s Ice Cream, here is an ad for same: Continue reading

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