As with many other places in the Western United States fire was a constant threat to the buildings and homes of Helena Montana. After a series of fires in town fire towers were placed strategically around town and manned twenty four hours a day. This particular tower, is the only surviving fire tower in Helena, and was constructed in 1876. The octagonal tower was added about ten years later. When a fire was found by a tower spotter the town was immediately alerted.
The tower has taken on the respected name of Guardian of the Gulch. it is revered by Helena residents and an important local landmark. There are picnic grounds adjacent to the park that are a popular gathering spot on weekends.
The tower is located just south of town and has some good views of downtown Helena. Unfortunately my camera was unavailable at the time and consequently the reason for a few of the other pictures to be shown.
My quaint cabin home east of Helena is one of my top two favorites. It's so beautiful ... the sky, the Montana type "blues", the quiet ....
It's very cozy and romantic...
Don't drink and drive there.
Drink by your cabin's fireplace with someone you care about.
From Billings, there 2 ways to get there. Either take I-90 past Bozeman then the 287 north to Helena or, a another scenic route (89) north by the Crazy moutains and Castle Moutains and then 12 west. like we did.
This is a picture of the Crazy moutains at sunset.
Both are really worth the ride.