Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana - PEDS 666 P

Great Falls is:

  • the third largest city in Montana
  • located on the Missouri River in central Montana
    • approximately 50 miles east of the Continental Divide
    • 120 miles south of the Canadian border
    • near the geographical center of Montana
    • between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks
Great Falls

Great Falls covers over 22 square miles, with a population of 59,366 (July 1, 2009 US Census Bureau estimate).

The rich history of Great Falls began in the year 1882 when the Honorable Paris Gibson first came to the area. Great Falls was founded two years later.

Within a distance of 10 miles the Missouri River drops 512 feet over perpendicular falls and many cascades:

Black Eagle Falls, with dam, improved42 feet
Coulter Falls, unimproved 12 feet
Rainbow Falls, unimproved 48 feet
Crooked Falls, unimproved 26 feet
Great Falls, unimproved 96 feet

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