We arrived in Helena late in the afternoon so we decided to wait until the next day to visit the Capitol. We found a quiet Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground on Hauser Lake to spend the night. We enjoyed chatting with the camp host who also worked at the Capitol when it was in session.We we arrived we picked up a self guided tour book and a scavenger hunt for Marcus and Caroline. The scavenger hunt was led by Seaman, Lewis and Clark’s canine who traveled across Montana years before. In the rotunda we searched the roundells or round painting for a cowboy.
Then we headed up stairs and found Ulysses S. Grant in a painting under the stained glass. He had been in Montana in 1883 to celebrate the completion of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
In the Old Supreme Court we found another dog in one of the paintings. Before there were horses in Montana, Native Americans used dogs to carry their belongings and later many immigrates brought their pet dogs with them.
The House Chamber has seats for the 100 representatives who are elected every two years. The Montana Legislature only meet every other year so House members are re-elected for each session. Charles M. Russell’s painting, Lewis and Clark Meeting Indians at Ross’ Hole, dominates the front wall.
We enjoyed this colorful Capitol with its fun dog related scavenger hunt.