306 East Main

PO Box 1170

East Helena, MT 59635

Call: 406.227.5321

FAX: 406.227.5456

City of East Helena, Montana

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During the 1870s and early 1880s, the stagecoach route between Helena and several gold camps in the Big Belt Mountains passed through East Helena. The Prickly Pear House—a way station that served as a changing point for drivers and horses—was built on the northwest corner of the intersection of Montana Avenue and Main Street in East Helena to provided customers with food and lodging.

 

East Helena’s current business district was frequently used as a camping area for freight wagons. Northern Pacific Railroad tracks reached East Helena in 1883. The original station, named Prickly Pear Junction, was built a few years before East Helena was founded and was located near the railroad’s crossing of Prickly Pear Creek. The origins of East Helena can be traced back to the mid 1860’s as pioneers were heading west through the Helena Valley.

 

In 1888, a large lead smelter was built on the banks of Prickly Pear Creek in the Helena Valley by the Helena and Livingston Lead Smelting Company. Prickly Pear Junction became East Helena. In 1898, the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) purchased the 160 acre site. ASARCO operated the smelter until 2001. East Helena grew up around that enterprise. For over a century, the smelter processed 70,000 tons of lead bullion a year, and provided a livelihood for thousands of families.

 

On August 14, 2009, the ASARCO stacks were felled by dynamite charges, an emotional step in cleaning up the smelter site.

 

EHPS/Main Street School before the earthquake of 1935

Main Street, East Helena circa 1919

Administrative Phone Number 406.227.5321

Fax Number 406.227.5456

Fire Department  Admin Phone Number:

227.5321 / 459.1623

Police Administration phone numbers 406.227.8686

Police Non-emergency requiring assistance 406.227.5377

 

Emergency Phone number 911

 

Regular Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Monday through Friday

 

Official East Helena, Montana website established Martin Luther King Day, 2016