The Tribune posted the results of the poll that asked readers if there is a better nickname for our city…apparently “The Electric City” doesn’t quite ring as true as it once did. The majority of responses appear to focus on the gusty wind that we get here: The Windy City. Variations on that theme included “The Windiest City on Planet Earth” and “The Windier City.” However, when student responses were taken out of the equation, it seems that “The River City” and the original nickname came out on top. It seems that many people view the wind as a net “minus” – but I love the wind, and also know that I’m in the minority.
My submission was “The Heart Of Montana,” because it seems to me that Great Falls really does embody much of what makes Montana great, and of course our relatively central location lends weight to being called “the heart” of the state. Our fair community is directly between the majestic Rockies and the sweeping plains; mostly between Canada and America; and definitely between urban and rural. All of these things go to the “heart” of what Montana is all about. Also: the friendliest, most honest people I’ve ever met – that surely speaks to our collective “heart.” So instead of focusing solely on a single physical characteristic of our city (river, wind, etc), maybe we should focus on what makes our city truly great: the spirit and the nature of our people, which in turn makes our location and our decision to live here so positive. We’ve taken the best of what we have around us – sun, wind, sky, land – and made it into an incredible community. The Heart of Montana. So…what do you think?