Our day one destination for ‘Land That We Love Tour’ was Helena, Montana. Helena is the state capital of the state of Montana. We stopped at the Capitol building and were able to walk about inside and out.
On a gentle slope surrounded by 10 acres of spacious lawns and other state buildings, Montana’s Capitol looks north over the beautiful Prickly Pear Valley. The building is constructed of sandstone and granite. A statue depicting Liberty sits atop the copper dome. A walk through the Capitol will allow you to view many beautiful paintings, including Charles M. Russell’s magnificent historical depiction of “Lewis and Clark Meeting Indians at Ross’ Hole” on September 5, 1805. The main section of the Capitol was completed in 1902. The two wings were completed in 1912.
Dedicated on July 4 1905, the Thomas Meagher Statue stands tall at the front of the Montana State Capitol Building, the largest and most distinctive sculpture on the grounds of the capitol campus.
More on Thomas Meagher’s interesting life can be read here.
The state Capitol building was opened for use on the Fourth of July, 1902. The story of the Capitol building really begins at the top, with the “Goddess of Liberty,” as she has been known for 100 years. It’s the statue that stands on the copper dome outside.
After our visit to the Capitol we had a meal in town and then found The Cathedral of St. Helena. I’ll share more from the inside of the beautiful Capitol building and St. Helena Cathedral later.
We traveled through Washington, Idaho and into Montana on Tuesday September 21st.
During much of our 5+ hour drive Tuesday we listened to sermons on 1 Peter by John MacArthur (Grace to You). We didn’t get past verse 2 after 3 sermons. That is what you call expository teaching. Tomorrow Wednesday we’ll be listening to these verses exposited.
1 Peter 1:1-5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Today is Wednesday September 22nd and the first official day of Autumn/Fall. We will be traveling further on today.
Happy Fall Y’all.
8 thoughts on “Montana Land That We Love Tour”
…I hope that your trip will be a safe and enjoyable one.
That’s a truly beautiful capitol building. Must go back and read about the statue. And as for the goddess of liberty…my first thought was, “they’ll have a hard time getting up there!”
Let’s see if this flies…
Looks like it worked for you.
Great photos and history Ellen, thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you 🙂
Sounds like your trip is starting out great. Beautiful building.
I love the St Helena church! So beautiful.
Looking forward to all your ‘postcards’.
Glad to see you are on the road and enjoying your holiday. Just back from ours so I look forward to more instalments of yours. B x