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East Helena, Montana is located in Lewis and Clark County. In the 1870s and early 1880s, the stagecoach route between Helena as the several gold mining camps in the Big Belt Mountains passed through the area that was to become East Helena. The Prickly Pear House, a way-station for the stage line, was built on the northwest corner of where the intersection of Montana Avenue and Main Street in East Montana now is, and provided stage travelers with food and lodging. The community that grew up there was first known as Prickly Pear Junction. A large lead smelter was built on the banks of Prickly Pear Creek in 1888 by the Helena and Livingston Lead Smelting Company, and the city of East Helena grew up around the enterprise, which was sold to the American Smelting and Refining Company in 1898. Lead was produced there for more than a century before smelting operations ceased in 2001, and East Helena was named a Superfund cleanup site by the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2009, the ASARCO stacks were dynamited. As its name implies, East Helena is situated immediately east of Helena. Louisville is to its west, and Montana City is to the south. East Helena is roughly in the center of the state.

 

 

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