Helena is also the name of a town in Montana where gold was discovered in Last Chance Gulch on July 14,1864. The area takes its name from the miners that discovered the gold. Helena was their “Last Chance” to discover gold before heading home.
Some accounts insist that Helena was named after a miner’s Minnesota sweetheart. Another says it was originally “St. Helena,” after the island where Napoleon was exiled.
Helena National Forest was also where Lewis and Clark passed through on their epic journey.
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