There have been lots of budget cuts in the government in Helena, and tours of the State Capitol and the Original Governor's Mansion have been hit. The woman who took us through the Mansion was great, but we felt sorry for her because she has to do these tours alone five days a week from noon until 3:00. She didn't seem to mind and made it interesting. There are a lot of rooms and most of the information deals with the state of things in Montana with a majority of the men away during World War I. The mansion was originally built as a symbol of affluence, and the two owners that followed the original owner/builder bought it for the same reason. In 1913 it was acquired by the state as the first official residence of the governor and remained that way for 50 years housing nine different governors. The entry fee is $4.00. The hours change according to the seasons, and it is closed on Mondays for sure.
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