Capitol creates interactive map to learn about Helena history

Posted at 6:18 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 22:22:08-05

HELENA – There’s a new way to learn more about Montana’s Capitol Complex District and you can find it online.

It’s the Capitol Campus Historic District Interactive Story Map.

The map pinpoints historic buildings in the district, as well as other notable points of interest that you might not be aware of, including Capitol Park to the east of the Justice Building or the eagle statue outside the Fish and Game Building that was installed in 1976.

The story map’s creator – Cultural Records Manager Damon Murdo – says it’s a way for Montanans to learn more about these important pieces of state history.

“In the map itself it’s giving you the ability to cruise around the Capitol complex, see a photo or watch a video that will describe the object or structure that you’re looking at,” explains Murdo. “You can also, if you read the small snippet that is on there, click to a link to the actual National Register documentation and its description of that object or property.”

Click here to go to the map.

It is best viewed in Google Chrome’s browser.

Murdo says they hope to made additions to the map in the future, including pointing out architectural points of interest in the district.

Reporting by Melissa Jensen for MTN News