Street or Last Chance Gulch? Which Is It?
is: Both. Last Chance Gulch is the name of the actual gulch
in which gold was discovered in 1864. The thoroughfare which
was built down the Gulch was originally named Main Street. It
remained that way for some 85 years, until July 20 1953, when
acting Helena Mayor Dr. Amos R. Little, Jr. signed an ordinance
officially changing the name of Main Street to Last Chance Gulch.
Both names are still used locally for what was once the
grand thoroughfare of Helena's business district.
Gulch meanders as it does because it was originally routed between
mining claims; it was not designed that way to lower fatalities
from stray bullets, as some promotional literature has claimed.