The Fake History of Helena, Montana

In the official timeline of Montana History nothing of note was happening there, until the “gold rush” began in 1862. Because of it, they say, tens of thousands of luxurious buildings and palaces of marble, silver and gold were set up in the wildernis.

“Gold rush” is the blanket excuse for the grand cities built in the west of the 1800s. According to public schools and hollywood propaganda, the west wasn’t supposed to have been developed until the 1900s onwards. Gold rush! has been the slogan to explain the strange discrepancy.

I chose Helena Montana randomly. I could have chosen any town in the not-so-wild-west to make my point.

The gold rush came to Helena in 1864 when the first “gold camp” was set up. In school we learned the camps looked something like this (photo is of Whites City Montana 1868):

This is what all of Montana was supposed to have looked like, according to History class.

And then there’s all the other stuff omitted or downplayed. The photo below is the natatorium (spa-swimming pool) and the Broadwater Hotel of Helena, Montana in the late 1800s.

The photo at the top of this article is of the natatorium by itself.

Compare it to the “gold camp” of the first settlers.

These simple people who could barely put together wooden huts, interrupted their search for gold so they could create a gigantic pool and spa in the middle of nowhere?

There aren’t even paved roads to the place. Can you imagine how hard it must have been to deliver all those stones, the glass, the art-pieces and metal on wooden horse carriages, without proper roads? What about all those fragile pieces that were later auctioned off?

How were the valuables transported in an environment of wars against “indians” and marauding bandits?

And who was consribed as architect and designer? Montana was said to have been entirely undeveloped at the time, “the great frontier”, “land of daredevil pioneers”.

On the image above, the building looks partially below ground – like it’s been excavated instead of built.

It was advertised as the largest hot water plunge in the world.

The local registry, has Helena at a population of 3000 people in the late 1870 and only 13000 in 1890. The natatorium was allegedly built in 1888. The people living there were gold-prospecting horse-riders.

These census stats are from the Helena, Montana page.

Of the approximately 7000 people registered there in 1888, how many are able-bodied men to construct this and the many other similar buildings? Excluding women, children, the elderly and the unfit, it leaves us with about 1000 people at best. Keep in mind that hundreds of other large buildings were built at the same time.

If there is gold to be found are you going to waste your time building a spa or will you say “the spa can wait, I want to find the gold!”. And would you build the largest pool in the world for that small a population?

Maybe, maybe not. Don’t mind me, I’m just asking questions.

Even today Helena has only 32 000 inhabitants, making it the least populous state capital in the U.S.

The building was demolished in 1946. The interior:

I wonder: Do style and design reflect the cowboy mindset?

Hotel and Natatorium were said to have been built by Colonel Charles Broadwater “a railroad, real estate and banking magnate” who died shortly after these buildings were completed.

Those walking the “moorish architectural style” facility, found lush gardens of flowers and trees, horses for rent, white swans floating on a man-made lake, brightly colored boats, tennis courts, elegant dining, rooms with gold doorknobs, health baths, hand-turned spindles made of imported German woods, Austrian crystal chandeliers, hand-painted stained-glass windows, silverware, marble tables and more.

Not too surprisingly, the facility failed to attract enough visitors to cover its costs. After its alleged builder died, it changed ownership many times but failed to draw a crowd. That’s simply because there was no crowd in Montana at the time and there still isn’t today.

I found no construction photos or construction plans of the Broadwater place. I did find other, similar stories in other states. Just one example: A similar looking “Natatorium” in Boise, Idaho, allegedly built at around the same time. It was also built using “Moorish architecture”. It went into Business in 1892 and out of Business in 1934. The Broadwater pool, by comparison, started in 1889 and fell victim to an earthquake in 1935.

The Natatorium of Idaho:

Apparently it was normal to build gigantic swimming facilities in the middle of nowhere. In 1890 Boise, Idaho had a population of only 2000 people. Wanna bet if I look more closely I’ll find there was also a “gold rush” in Idaho? But I don’t have to look it up, I’ve already know the silly official narrative.

Here’s the Cathedral of Helena, allegedly started in 1908 and completed in 1914. Does this look like a place of worship small-town protestant christians would make?

Is it possible that the Cathedral stood earlier than the alleged date of 1908-1914? I’ll look into this later in the article.


This is the Montana State Capitol building in Helena, purportedly completed in 1902 by men with horses and carriages:

Today, when a building of this size is crafted out of nothing, there are several cranes, dump trucks, forklifts, machine excavators, bulldozers, jackhammers, wheelbarrows, backhoes and cement mixing machines on site. And even then modern construction doesn’t achieve buildings such as the ones these horse riders achieved without any machinery.


At the time of this writing I could find no information on where the rocks were quarried from, how the stone blocks were cut, what building techniques were used or how the materials were transported. All I found was pictures of lone palaces in the middle of nowhere.

Where is the infrastructure? Where is the town? Why was the capitol erected far apart from the main town?

You could argue that these were visionaries. “Built it and they will come!”. OK. Then where are the construction photos, for goodness sake? What tools were used?

I once visited a federal building in Switzerland. There, I found a catalogue, in the main lobby, listing where each piece of art, each painting, each design was made and shipped from. It even listed the carrier and the date the item was shipped. Such meticulous bookkeeping!

Want to bet that the city of Helena would rather not go into that kind of detail? Frauds don’t like keeping records.

The luxurious interior:

And this is how the cowboys actually built houses. It’s the wild west we know from school. The photo claims to be Helena main street in 1870. It’s like a parallel society:

The contrast couldn’t be greater. Either we are dealing with two completely different, competing mentalities and agendas, or these people did not build those buildings and they were already there, before the first settlers arrived.

When we encounter grand architecture in the East, Historians tell us that these buildings were “not real”, that they were temporary stage settings for the “World Fairs”. But when the same style of buildings are discovered in the west, we learn they were built “because of the gold rush”.

For instance, this is Buffalo, NY in the 1800s:

We’re told they were only built for the world fair, then deliberately destroyed afterwards. In some cities, they weren’t deliberately destroyed but accidentally caught fire. Similar styles found in the west, however, are “entirely real, built because of the gold rush”.

Here’s what I think: They are the remains of an older, defeated and destroyed America that nobody is supposed to know about. The America we see on maps before the late 1700s. The America that was wiped out leaving large barren lands in the west. The America that the Venetians, Vikings and Jesuits knew about. The America that was destroyed in several consecutive wars claimed to be “civil wars” and “indian wars” and “cities on fire” and “destroyed world fairs”.

Helena 1890:

The Helena “power block”, supposedly built in 1889:

With a population of only 3000-13000, every citizen must have been involved in the construction of the city, women, children and the elderly included. Unfortunately there are no records of this massive cooperative undertaking. Isn’t it news-worthy that 3000 people got together to build a city that could architecturally rival any European one?

I wasted approximately three hours of my precious life looking through old newspaper archives of Helena to learn more about the people who built Helena you know, the workers, architects, designers, carpenters, artists, artisans, bricklayers, construction companies, construction-machine makers, etc. I found next to nothing.

Rather than a “gold rush” I suspect that the “pioneers” going west were looters. They knew of the ancient buried cities out west and went to take whatever they could find. If the mud-diggers managed to excavate a building, they repurposed it. That’s my unflattering take on “American History”.

Curiously, our great-grandparents didn’t talk about this time of grand construction either. They more often talked of the destruction of buildings than their construction. Our great-grandparents experienced several consecutive wars between 1800 and 1945, in which the old world was blown up.

The Helena County Courthouses, photo from 1887:

Apparently it was customary to first build houses before roads were made. I see hints of the buildings having been dug out instead of built.

There were “major fires” in 1869, 1871, 1872 and 1874 that burnt many grand buildings to the ground. This photo shows the aftermath of the 1871 fire:

The people look like they are posing for an accomplishment, not a tragedy.

I have the same questions as in other cities across old America: How does brick and rock burn so easily? Why did they already have all these massive buildings in 1871 if the first woodhouse-camp was made in 1865? Why did “great fires” keep repeating? Weren’t security measures put in place after the first fires?

Was the old world being destroyed while a new, much simpler one was being built and populated?

A few more photos from 1870-1880s:

An orphan’s home in Helena:

Another Helena Orphans home:

Why does a low-population town need large Orphanages? Were these buildings repurposed as such? What happened to the parents?

Were orphans used to repopulate these empty buildings of a previous civilization?

Were the parents killed and the children educated in false History?

This image was made in 1887:

I’m not claiming the cattle herding settlers couldn’t have built this stuff. But it’s not how cowboy life was portrayed in the media. It’s not how they built their towns. It would have required some kind of machinery or a much longer time to chisel rocks. It would be interesting to see a documentary about the building techniques the wranglers used, but found no such report.

This picture is from 1884, the hospital of Helena, topped by a celtic cross.

The Canyon Ferry Dam in Helena, 1880s:

Those very few able-bodied men were incredibly productive! While mining for gold they managed to build the biggest swimming facility in the world, several government buildings, hotels, hospitals and even a dam!

Wait…they didn’t only build one dam. This is the Hauser dam that generated electricity for all of Helena.

I guess you could argue they had enough gold to pay the best engineers. That’s a fair argument and a possibility. But then we’d have to have construction photos or plans. All I found out about this dam was that it was supposedly built by a Samuel Hauser, who was convicted of fraud in a court of law. A fraudster built this magnificent piece? If so, where are the construction photos? They didn’t have much photography in those days? OK. Then where are the plans? The plans went missing? Alright.

The place in the photo below is called “The Algeria Shrine” allegeldy built in 1920, again based on “Moorish Architecture” (Islamic architecture). Exactly what we’d expect the protestant christians to build in the vast wildernis of Montana, right?

Having been built much later, I expected to find plenty of photos of its construction, but I didn’t. Of course there are always colorful explanations and stories to go along with each anomalous building.

Downtown 1897, looking like any European city of the time.

The population of 1900 was listed as 10 000. I’ve travelled the globe but never seen a town of 10 000 people that looks anything like this.

In the image below we see what is supposed to be a 1868 photo of a Hotel in Helena:

1968…that’s three years after wooden huts were set up as a “gold camp” and 22 years before the city was supposedly built. Most of the photos and dates in this article are sourced from the Helena History website at

1880s Helena also had a fleet of steamships, trains, a large railroad station, fairgrounds and many other things too numerous to picture here – before the city was built in 1890 .

Who built really built Helena? We were taught that the “Indians” were “primitive” people living in small tents made of fabric – was that perhaps a fabrication?

A1913 aerial view with the capital building oddly separate from the town and several roads void of buildings:

I was lucky to find a map of Helena from 1875 showing buildings and facilities claimed to have been built later. If the date is accurate, this map proves the city existed earlier than the 1890s and whoever is telling us it was built later, is lying.

The Cathedral claimed to have been built between 1908 and 1914 is standing exactly where it should be, between Ewing and Warren Street, just as today (other streets however, have been renamed). It’s even indicated as “Number 13: Catholic Church”.

Why does a 1875 map feature something that wasn’t supposed to have been built yet?

Was it built earlier, just as suspected?

And was it built by the same people that built Cathedrals all over the world? The people who have nothing in common with the horse-riding buckaroos that came later?

But the 1908 Cathedral has two spires. On the map there’s only one. Why the discrepancy? Was there an older Church there before the one in 1908 was built? I searched the town records for an older Church at that location but found none.

I think the buildings on this map are simplified versions of reality. Whoever drew the map knew where the buildings were but did not etch out the details. It’s difficult to draw in such small detail and even today many maps are drawn in simplified versions. My bet is that only one spire was drawn, for spacing reasons.

Looking at the map, in front of the Cathedral we see another larger building. I’m not sure about this one but it could be what is today the Synagogue Temple Emanuel, written Emanu-El here.

The structure still stands today, at the same distance to the Church as on the old map:

The map again shows one tower while in reality it has two.

The Synagogue is claimed to have started building in 1890. The photo above is from 1891, so apparently it only took one year to complete?

But if the map above is correct it existed long before. Were the Cathedral and Synagogue merely repurposed? On the map the building is not indicated as a synagogue but as a Methodist Episcopal Church. Maybe it was repurposed more than once.

Item Number 6 on the map is the Masonic Hall on Broadway. It still stands today, at the same address.

At says here that it was made in 1885:

Again: How is the building on an 1875 map when it was built in 1885? Something doesn’t add up. You could argue that “1885 is the year the masonic hall was established, not the year the building was built”. But then I ask: What was the building for before that? Where are the records of its construction? Who built it? When was it built if it’s already part of 1875 map?

Time and time again we find a lack of records and record-keeping for anything prior to approximately 1875. It’s as if “time began” around then. Most of the newspapers we read today, started around that time. Did you know that the early 1800s are, in many places around the world, called the time of the Interregnum? That word means “time without ruler” or “time in between rulers”.

And did you know that 1816 was called “the year without summer” and showed signs of a global nuclear fallout? But I’m getting ahead of myself. These are future topics.

There are too many ifs, buts and whens for the official History of Helena to be legitimate, in my view.

If the 1875 map were the only one of its nature I’d have to say that the map must be fake. But other old maps show the same.

Here’s an 1883 view taken from the Library of Congress, including the buildings that were supposed to have been built later:

We again see the Cathedral, the Synagogue in front of it, the masonic hall and many other buildings that aren’t supposed to be there yet. A high resolution version can be found here: Library of Congress. An oddity: The Cathedral is missing both towers. In the earlier 1875 map at least one tower was shown.

The image appears to have undergone some kind of manipulation where something resembling an oil-tower is attached to the Church where the tower is supposed to be:

I bet if I looked long enough, I’d find that oil tower to be an exact copy of another one somewhere on the map.

Why would they manipulate the drawing? Because they need the Cathedral to have been built much later?

Unlike the previous map, this one is large enough to include the Capitol Building on the outskirts of town. The map indicates it’s at location number 2.

But I did not find number 2 and soon discovered that where the building is supposed to be, at 6th street and Montana Avenue, it’s been covered by images:

The image has apparently been tampered with. Whoever pasted those pictures on there forgot to remove the small print indication. Very sloppy work. Why would they want to hide the capitol building? Well, because it wasn’t have supposed to been built until 1901.

Main street on the old maps looks more developed than the wooden huts we saw earlier. The wooden huts were claimed to be Helena main street. But main street seems to have actually looked like this:

The photo of main-street I showed earlier, fits to the Hollywood-narrative, the image above doesn’t.

Again, for contrast, this is the kind of stuff we were taught about 1800s Montana in school:

A narrative of “injuns” and “grizzly bears” and clumsy wooden “forts” is the wild west everyone is familiar with. These stories make people feel cozy, safe in the knowledge that we brought “civilization” from Europe and slowly built the place after 1890. But reality is radically different. Main street Helena close up:

I found next to nothing on how the Cathedral was built. As far as I can tell there are only three photos of it’s alleged construction, even though photography was at its prime in 1908. There are no designs or plans.


A Church page called “The History of Cathedral St. Helena” has this to say:

In 1904, Bishop John P. Carroll set out to construct a Cathedral for the people of Helena, Montana. A symphony of color and light, majesty and holiness, Bishop Carroll hoped she would rival those of Europe. We welcome you to learn more about this magnificent house of God, your Cathedral of Saint Helena.

After ascending Mount Helena to pray and ascertain a view of the city lawyout, Bishop Carroll firmly decided on the location of the new edifice. An entire city block, this space would allow for the proper symmetry required for a Cathedral of grand scale, rare in the United States.

The page has nothing further to say on the topic. According to the Church officials, that’s its History . No mention on how many men were required to build it, what rock was used, where it was quarried from, the dimensions of the Church, how many craftsmen, masons and artists were used, engineering methods, cranes used.

If you work as a police detective, one of the first things you learn about liars is that they can’t go into detail on the claims they are making. It’s easy to spot lies by inquiring more deeply. If someone is telling the truth, they have the details to back it up.

These are the three construction photos I found, said to  be from 1911, 1912 and 1913 (as if one photo was made each year and only from one angle):

At first sight these photos are enough to debunk the entire premise of this article. We see on both images the two spires are missing. In the first image, the roof is missing.

The Helena History website shows these photos as a progression from 1911 to 1913. But in the 1912 photo, the roof looks old and worn. The rocks also look stained and old. In the 1913 photo, the roof looks renewed.

This might have been what happened: The 1911 photo is not actually from 1911. It shows the old roof removed. Then it was replaced by a new roof. Were the spires removed temporarily so that the old roof could be replaced?

In the 1913 photo some of the cathedral is covered by dirt. Windows and blocks at the bottom are no longer visible. This points toward possible excavation (mud flood) rather than construction.

The pole carrying the electric cables appears to be missing in the 1913 photo. Either the dates of the photos are wrong or the photos are fabricated.

As in so many other cases, there are no photos of the main structure being built. There is evidence of excavation and renovation.

I found this building while taking a leisurly walk in Helena via Google Earth:

I looked it up, it’s said to have been built in 1886.

Here’s a photo of it in 1900. It always amazes me in what good condition these buildings still are.

In those days there was a dome on its roof:


This is a photo from the 1940s but it shows buildings that were already there in the 1800s:

The image below shows one of a few Masonic halls in Helena. This one is labeled as dating from the 1870s:

In the 1870s there wasn’t supposed to have been a city of Helena. And if there was, it was brand new and wouldn’t look as weathered as this building does.

Does this look like a brand new building to you:

Above we see the “Ming Opera House” of Helena, claimed to have been “extensively remodeled” in 1880 according to the official History website of Helena. This puzzles me  – if Helena was only beginning to be built in the late 1890s, why were they already renovating houses in 1880? It doesn’t make sense. The people of Montana need to get their History straight: When was Helena really built?

The bulding below is the “consistory shrine” of Helena. Like so many other towns across old America we find traces of “greek” and “egyptian”.

At the same time, national magazines such as “Harper’s Weekly”, portrayed Montana like this, for the normies of America:

This is the Grandon Hotel, Helena in the 1890s.

This is the anomaly I’m looking at:

It looks as if one side is partially buried and the other excavated, with windows or doors apruptly discontinued by the ground.

Above: Carrol College , Helena. Is this the right size college for a population size of a village?

County Courthouse, Helena:

I’ve read that Helena “special case” because of the gold found there. It was “full of Millionaires at the time”. But this isn’t true at all. I find similar buildings across Montana and will show just a few examples here:

Butte, Montana.

Lewistown, Montana:

Anaconda, Montana:

Butte, Montana:

Need I go on? I could fill a while book with grand architecture of Montana – a state most people still think of as being mainly mountains and wooden cottages.

Knowing what you now know, consider this official timeline of Montana:


As elsewhere in the world, Jesuits arrived before anyone else. A mission to survey the extent of destruction of the old world?

We learn that from 1867 to 1877 the settlers were at war with the “Indians”. That would make it even more difficult to build all these fantastic structures. Imagine 500 the able-bodied men of Helena (of a total of 3000 people) mining for gold, fighting wars against indians and at the same time erecting gigantic swimming pools, courthouses, federal buildings and whatnot. Who were these superheroes?

Here’s my alternate version of events:

  1. Natives Americans are attacked from the air and mostly devastated
  2. Remaining natives are attacked from the ground and their ancient civilization looted, partially excavated and repurposed.
  3. History is rewritten and reframed by the victors

Library of Congress hosts an old newspaper, The Montana Post. The following are screenshots I’ve taken from the issue of August 26, 1865. Keep in mind that, at this time, Helena didn’t even exist yet, according to the official narrative it was a mere camp.

If Helena didn’t yet exist, why does this newspaper call it “Helena City”?

Official History says that Helena began to be built in the 1890s or perhaps in the 1880s. But this 1865 article says that buildings appaered everyday “as if by magic”. A very interesting expression. Morever, white people and indians were roaming around and “marauding” (looting) the area.

This item was taken from a page about Helena. “Quartz thickly studded with Gold” is not the way precious metals appear when they are in the ground. This reveals that the fair lady found some kind of jewelery below ground. This aligns with my theory that they weren’t “mining” for gold but rather, looking for artefacts of a buried civilization.

The fakers of History don’t have the resources or attention-span to remove every little detail and much is learned by browsing old newspapers.

More evidence of excavation work in Helena in 1865.

I wonder what I’d find if I expanded this article to include all of Montana? And what if I included the entire northwest? I’ll leave that research to others.

It satisfies me greatly that, despite so much fabrication, propaganda and obfuscation, we are still able to piece together an approximate idea of our real History.

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