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Old 11-18-2007, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Spokane, WA
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I've seen some pictures and it just doesn't look nice at all. Do you like Helena or BIllings more?
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Old 11-18-2007, 04:47 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Older parts of Helena are lovely, many real old finer homes that are well kept and the capital building is beautiful.
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Helena, MT
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Helena is much smaller than Billings so I don't think you can compare the two. Helena has some nice areas including the only city park that is a mountain. There are lots of historic houses and buildings and newer places too. I suppose it depends on what you mean by "dive".
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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It's not really a dive at all....
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Larkspur, CO
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Have a link to these "dive" pictures that you speak of? If you could define what you consider a dive for us, that might help us out a little better too.

For the most part, Helena is a pretty clean, white-collar town. There are neighborhoods that are better than others, but you'd be hard-pressed to not have places like that in almost every town in the country.
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:04 PM
 
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Helena has rail road tracks that go through the middle of it but the city itself is pretty nice. There are very few "upper class" areas but the homes here are well kept and taken care of. I think we are a step above Billings but then I live here so I'm not the best judge.
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Larkspur, CO
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Sobe probably won't come back and elaborate on the "dive" flame attempt. Seems like a lot of Oregon posters have nothing better than coming to the Montana board and stirring the pot.
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:40 PM
 
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Hmmm.... maybe I better go visit their page...
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Old 11-24-2007, 02:47 PM
 
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Helena is a beautiful older lady who has seen better days, but is gorgeous nonetheless. I would not call the town a "dive" at all.
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:40 PM
 
Location: A Valley in Oregon
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Yo! Oregon Poster here. I apologize for our uninformed, loudmouth friend. Obvious transplant. (wait - so am I!?)
When one looks at pictures of Montana, not a lot stands out unless you're looking near Glacier or maybe Red Lodge.
But when one has been all over the state, travelling hours just to get anywhere ...
Helena is one of the most beautiful towns in the country! All tucked inside all those ranges coming together ... a beautiful high-valley far above the other valleys. A tad quaint. A tad old. A tad small. But beautiful.
So many other MT towns aren't quite so splendorific ... like Butte, Broadus, Sheep Creek, Dillon ... even Biddle - but Helena is nothing if not beautiful - the Mayberry of Montana ... and the capitol! I don't even have to look at your pics to know that (but I will, someday).
Peace y'all - from an Oregonadian who has lived and worked in Montana - and would still live there today ... just let me know if it warms up first, okay?

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