Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall


Helena was born with the discovery of gold in 1864 along the creek that is now Last Chance Gulch road. The pedestrian-only mall weaves between the boundaries of historic mining claims gobbled up by the prospectors that flooded into the area. Signs and sculptures dot the strip providing a peek into Helena's past.

There are a number of shops, restaurants and cafes as well.

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