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Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA


Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. The population was 56,690 at the 2000 census. It is the principal city of the 'Great Falls, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area', which encompasses all of Cascade County. Great Falls takes its name from the series of waterfalls that the Lewis and Clark Expedition had to portage around, requiring 31 days of arduous labor, in their 1805-06 exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. Two undeveloped pararts of their portage route are included within the Great Falls Portage, a National Historic Landmark. The city is home to the C. M. Russell Museum Complex, the University of Great Falls, Giant Springs, the Roe River (world's shortest river), anand the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind, as well as the Great Falls Voyagers minor league baseball (formerly known as the Great Falls White Sox) team. The local newspaper is the Great Falls Tribune. Great Falls is known as the "Electric City" due to the five hydroelectric dams that are in the nearby vicinity along the Missouri River.

A Coldwell Banker Home Price Comparison Index listed Great Falls as the most affordable area of 348 markets in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.


Founded in 1883 by Paris Gibson and railroad magnate James J. Hill, Great Falls began as a planned power city, situated to take advantage of the hydroelectric power of the waterfalls of the Missouri River. Historian William J. Furdell described it as "a businessman's town" and it was said that the city "couldn't point to a boot hill or a hangin' tree".

Great Falls post office was established July 10, 1884. Paris Gibson was the first postmaster. In 1889, construction began on the Black Eagle Dam, which provided the city with hydroelectric power by the following year.

Great Falls quickly became a thriving industrial and supply center and, by the early 1900s, was en route to becoming one of Montana's largest cities. The rustic studio of famed Western artist Charles Marion Russell was a popular attraction, as wwere the famed "Great Falls of the Missouri," after which the city was named. A structure billed as the "world's tallest smokestack" was completed in 1908 by the city's largest employer, the Anaconda Copper Mining Company's smelter, measuring 508 feet tall. The Big Stack immediately became a landmark for the community.

Great Falls prospered further with the opening of a nearby military base in the 1940s, but as rail transportation and freight slowed in the later part of the century, outlying farming areas lost population, and with the closure of the smelter and cutbacks at Malmstrom Air Force Base in the 1980s, its population growth slowed.


As of the census of 2000, there were 56,690 people, 23,834 households, and 14,848 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,909.1 people per square mile (1,123.0/km²). There were 25,250 housing units at an average density of 1,,295.7/sq mi (500.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.96% White, 0.95% African American, 5.09% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 2.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.39% of the population.

There were 23,834 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,436, and the median income for a family was $40,107. Males had a median income of $29,353 versus $20,859 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,059. About 11.1% of families and 14.5% of the population and 11.1% were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under the age of 18 and 9.2% of those 65 and older.

City/Town : Latitude: 47.50285761035231, Longitude: -111.2868375776452


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 Davis, Jacqueline Louise  10 April 1921Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I447479
2 Romsa, Jesse Herman  25 February 1896Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I447493


Matches 1 to 15 of 15

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 Brown, Melvina May  02 January 1999Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I449002
2 Fisher, Irvin Harrison  02 June 1967Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I451720
3 Gilham, Iola Myrtle  18 April 2000Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I449329
4 Graham, Chester Owen  03 March 1971Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I449034
5 Kramer, Alice Hazel  05 December 1993Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I448206
6 Kramer, Gayla Ann  01 December 2009Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I448905
7 Lynn, Mary Eloise  13 March 2007Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I448776
8 Noorlag, William George  19 June 1943Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I321026
9 Norman, William Frank  18 May 2000Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I447600
10 Paisley, Iva Marie  15 July 1988Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I447601
11 Rodgers, Thomas Eugene  03 October 2009Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I448279
12 Romsa, Benedict Jesse  05 November 2002Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I448290
13 Starr, Nellie Mae  08 November 1965Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I451718
14 Thomas, Marie Agnes  10 March 1975Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I452960
15 Trevino, Jose Guiterrez  23 August 2008Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA I450076


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Family    Married    Family ID 
1 Kramer / Brown  02 January 1929Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA F174909
2 Kramer / Buckingham  27 May 1933Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA F174911


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