|The Central Beer Hall in Helena was one of Montana's many nineteenth-century drinking establishments. |
Jorud, photographer. Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives.
The New North-West lamented that these statistics revealed Montana to be a “fearfully dissipated people” and encouraged the Good Templars (a fraternal temperance group) to work harder on the population. Territorial population in 1878 was approximately 25,000. According to these statistics, there was a drinking establishment for every 40 men, women, and children—including all the Templars!