History. Right. Here. Historical Attractions – Wander the Old West
The history of the Old West truly comes alive in Great Falls. From the Plains Indian tribes who first made this area their home, to the explorers, cowboys, and homesteaders, and cattle barons who followed, they’ve all left their mark on this place.
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center - Overlooking the splendid Missouri River, the Center offers hands-on exhibits, displays, interactive presentations and knowledgeable guides where you can relive one of the most exciting chapters in our nation's history. An annual June Festival celebrates the Corps of Discovery and local Native American culture, both forever changed by the expedition.
Ulm Pishkun State Park - For more than 1,500 years native peoples stampeded buffalo over these cliffs. Perhaps one the longest and most-used buffalo jump sites in the country, you will be drawn into the past of the Northern Plains and the culture of its people.
High Plains Heritage Center — Experience rough and tumble cowboys, hearty homesteaders, and early entrepreneurs that changed life on the great prairie.
Giant Springs Heritage State Park— Featuring one of the world's largest freshwater springs, a superb trout hatchery, and the Roe River, recorded as the world's shortest river in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The original town site of Great Falls is a place of tree-lined boulevards and historic homes, all on view as part of the self-guided Historic Great Falls Walking Tour. The district is on the National Register of Historic Places and features 216 buildings, most constructed between 1885 and 1945. The Bungalow, Prairie, Colonial, Revival, Queen Anne, Victorian and Second Empire architectural styles are all represented here. In addition, there are several guided tours ready to show the best of the city. For more information call the Great Falls Area Chamber at 406-761-4434 or 1-800-735-8535.
A member of the National Register of Historic Places, the Ursuline Centre is a fully preserved Catholic academy-boarding school. Visit the museum, notice the gargoyles over the front door, examine the Native American relics and antique furnishings, and you’ll want to linger in the third floor Chapel, featuring the exquisitely beautiful murals painted by Mother Raphael Schweda which have been preserved there since 1927.