Helena, Montana is the states capital city. The city of 28,000 inhabitants also serves as the county seat for Lewis and Clark County, which supports a population of approximately 63,400 inhabitants. Helena is the main city within the Helena Metropolitan Statistical Area, that encompasses all of Lewis and Clark and Jefferson counties.
A group of prospectors known as the Four Georgians, discovered gold during the year 1864, in a gulch of the Prickly Pear Valley. The discovery of gold led to the founding of a camp named "Last Chance". The population quickly grew to more than 200 and during the fall of 1864 a group of local men met to build a proper town, including the election of commissioners and the layout of the streets. Eventually, the committee settled on a new name, Helena. The city has an historic downtown district with street names that evoke the gold rush period, like for example "Last Chance Gulch", the main street's name.
Helena has enjoyed some economic stability throughout the years because it serves as the state capital. The federal, county and state government jobs offer a lot of jobs for the cities people. Almost 33% of the city's labor force Consists of government positions. The city of Helena is situated within a region rich in lead and silver deposits, and mining is still a significant sector with plants which process minerals located throughout Helena.
Helena's daily newspaper is the Independent Record. Sports teams include Helena Bighorns Tier III Junior A hockey team and Helena Brewers minor league baseball. The city is serviced by Helena Regional Airport.