Great Falls, Montana: Hill 57

Hill 57 displays the town's initials "GF" -- but it once touted the variety of pickles from the Heinz company.
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Valley View Drive, Great Falls, MT
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Northwest of Great Falls and Valley View Drive at 11th St. NW.
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Hill 57

Overlooking Great Falls, and proudly displaying the city initials, stands Hill 57. Ask most residents and they can quickly identify the name of the hill but not where the name came from.

It gained the name in the 1930s when pickle salesman Art Hinck arranged large whitewashed rocks to outline the number 57 to advertise the Heinz product line. The top of this same hill was once the primary home to one of the tribes of Landless Indians of Montana, but that's another story.

[Pete, 03/01/2010]

"57" refers to the 57 varieties of pickles that Heinz marketed. Until they restore the 57 to its rightful prominence on the slope, this is an invisible offbeat landmark. Initials on town mountains are fairly commonplace.

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