Birthplace of Great Falls

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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.


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