A cornucopia of architectural styles is found on Great Falls’ historic Lower North Side: Stately Queen Annes, sprawling Colonial Revivals, Tudor, Second Empire, Arts and Crafts, and Prairie. The second-oldest neighborhood in town – and the grandest – the Lower North Side harkens back to the early days in Great Falls when the Electric City was expanding rapidly and bursting with promise. Its early houses were modest wooden abodes and a building boom from 1890 to 1893 gave way to the beautiful homes that made the Lower North Side the city’s premier neighborhood. The north side mansions were as and stylish, elegant, and majestic as mansions Back East. This area is home still to residents who take pride in their historic dwellings. Gibson Park borders the district’s west end, the neighborhood is close to downtown, and the perfect setting for an afternoon stroll. Maps are available at Great Falls Montana Tourism’s basecamp at 100 1st Avenue North.
Walk through the history of Great Falls, along the Missouri River, at your own pace. Starting on the North Side of the River, this walk through time will engage you with the Grizzly Bear encounter of Capitan Meriwether Lewis, 2500-year old Native American archaeological site, railroads and the large-scale hard rock mining, along with dawn of water powered electricity. Much of River’s Edge Trail is built on former roads and railroad lines. We encourage you to explore this historic district. Maps are available at Great Falls Montana Tourism’s basecamp at 100 1st Avenue North.
Art meets business on this tour through The Central Business Historic District in Downtown Great Falls. The details of 25 buildings and the stories of the entrepreneurs behind them provide great insight to the tenacity still present in our Central Business District entrepreneurs today! Maps are available at Great Falls Montana Tourism’s basecamp at 100 1st Avenue North.
The parks and structures that comprise the Great Falls Railroad Historic District reflect the community’s development into central Montana’s trade, service, and cultural center. With many of the buildings in use today, this tour walks you through three major construction periods, creating diverse architectural styles. The district remains a historically and architecturally cohesive reminder of significant forces that shaped Great Falls. Maps are available at Great Falls Montana Tourism’s basecamp at 100 1st Avenue North.
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