The Pacific Northwest Quarterly
African Americans -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century
Contemporary residents of the state capital of Montana are usually surprised to learn that at one time over 400 Afro-Americans made their homes in the city. A boomer mining camp in the 1860s, a financial and transportation center by the 1870s, the seat of territorial and state government. and reputedly the richest city per capita in the nation in 1911, Helena has a colorful past that is familiar to many; but few people know about the blacks on Last Chance Gulch. This essay examines the development of Helena's Afro-American community during the prosperous years after the turn of the century.
The Pacific Northwest Quarterly © 1979 University of Washington
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Lang, W. L. (1979). The Nearly Forgotten Blacks on Last Chance Gulch, 1900-1912. The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, 70(2), 50–57. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40489822