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Great Falls, Montana, USA

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Where is Great Falls, Montana, USA? 

Great Falls, Cascade, Montana, USA

Great Falls takes its name from the series of five waterfalls in close proximity along the upper Missouri River basin that the Lewis and Clark Expedition had to portage around over a ten-mile stretch; the effort required 31 days of arduous labor during the westward leg of their 1805-06 exploration of the Louisiana Purchase and to the Pacific Northwest Coast of the Oregon Country...

It was part of the unincorporated frontier until May 30, 1854, when Congress established the Nebraska Territory...

On March 2, 1861, the site became part of the Dakota Territory. The Great Falls area was incorporated into the Idaho Territory on March 4, 1863, and then into the Montana Territory on May 28, 1864. It became part of the state of Montana upon that territory's admission to statehood on November 8, 1889...

Great Falls was founded in 1883. Businessman Paris Gibson visited the Great Falls of the Missouri River in 1880, and was deeply impressed by the possibilities for building a major industrial city near the falls with power provided by hydroelectricity...wikipedia


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Great Falls, Montana, USA - Central Avenue and First Street, looking East, Great Falls, Mont.
Great Falls, Montana, USA

Central Avenue and First Street, looking East, Great Falls, Mont.
Great Falls, Montana, USA - Moonlight at Rainbow Falls
Great Falls, Montana, USA

Moonlight at Rainbow Falls
Great Falls, Montana, USA - Smelter, Power Plant and Missouri River, Great Falls, Montana
Great Falls, Montana, USA

Smelter, Power Plant and Missouri River, Great Falls, Montana

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News  1891 - FOUR KILLED BY AN EXPLOSION.
GREAT FALLS, Mont., Oct. 27. - A party who arrived in town from the end of the Pacific extension of ...Read MORE...

News  1902 - Child Crushed by coach. Three Year Old Girl of Great Falls Ran Over and Killed.
The Lewiston coach ran down and crushed to death GLADYS CHAMBERLAIN, the three year old daughter of ...Read MORE...

News  1911 - FORMER RESIDENT OF CITY KILLED. J. M. McCoy Was Struck by Passenger Train at Great Falls Friday Evening.
J. M. McCoy, formerly a resident of Grand Forks, was struck by a Great Northern passenger train...Read MORE...

1916
Great Falls, a city, capital of Cascade co., Mont., on the Missouri River and on the Great Northern ...Read MORE...

News  1946 - ARMY PLANE HITS CROWDED STABLE AT MONTANA FAIR. TWO BOMBERS IN MID-AIR COLLISION; 8 DEAD, AT LEAST TEN HURT.
Great Falls, Mont. - Police said today at least eight persons were killed and ten hurt when two...Read MORE...

News  1949 - Man Looking for Gas Leak Finds It by Lighting Match; Fire Extinguished.
Great Falls, Dec. 30 - (AP) - It finally happened.

A gas company employe, checking a report of...Read MORE...

1954 - March 21 - KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting

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flag  Adiana BEAUDOIN (11 April 1897 , Willow City, North Dakota, USA - 10 February 1965, Great Falls, Montana, USA) gravestone
 

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