elegant Hotel Broadwater and Natatorium complex was built
in 1888-89 by Montana railroad, real estate and banking
tycoon Charles A. Broadwater. It was located just
a few miles west of the roaring gold-mining town of Helena,
Montana, which at that time boasted more millionaires
per capita than any other city in the world
on forty landscaped acres along Ten Mile Creek,
the 50-room hotel and huge natatorium opened during the
week of August 26, 1889. Construction of the project took
one year, and cost $500,000.
hotel was world-class, opulently furnished and fitted.
The spectacular Moorish-style natatorium was the world's
largest indoor pool, fed by over one million gallons of
hot mountain spring water per day. The grounds were handsomely
landscaped, with winding driveways, fountains and a private
lake. Electric trolleys took patrons to and from downtown
Helena. The air was clean, and the surrounding countryside
Yet, for all of that, the resort
was destined to fail.