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Cascade County, Montana


Cascade County administrative offices are located at 325 2nd Avenue North, Great Falls, MT 59401.
Phone: 406-454-6780.


Charles M. Russell house and studop

Photo: Charles M. Russell house and studio, built circa 1900, located at 1217-1219 4th Avenue North, Great Falls, MT. The Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Photographed by user:Roger Woolstadt (own work), 1999, [cc-by-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed April, 2021.


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Two years before Montana was granted statehood, T.E. Collins proposed the creation of Cascade County. [†] Collins, a representative at the first legislative assembly held in Virginia City, proposed a bill to the Territorial Congress which would designate a new territorial county. The year was 1887 and Montana was still a territory that President Abraham Lincoln had approved of creating in 1864. Collins' bill proposed taking land from Lewis and Clark, Meagher, and Chouteau counties in order to create this new territorial county. The bill was approved, after many debates, and Cascade County was created. Two years later, in 1889, Montana was granted statehood.

† Cascade, MT website, Quick Facts, www.cascadecountymt.com, accessed April, 2021.

Photographer's note: Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) was a painter of Western scenes of the U.S. These included cownboys and other white settlers, Indians, and landscapes. He created over 2,000 paintings. He lived most of his adult life in Great Falls, Montana. The C. M. Russell Museum has the largest collection of his works. The objects on the roof are probably elk antlers. Russell's home / studio was moved to a location next to the museum.

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