Great Falls (pop. 77,691), largest city in Montana and seat of Cascade County. Situated on the Missouri River, to the east of the Rocky Mountains and in the north central part of the state, it is an important commercial and industrial center. The city lies in a major mining region, near deposits of lead, coal, copper, zinc, and iron, on which much of its refining and manufacturing industry is based. Cattle, sheep, and wheat from the surrounding area are also marketed and processed here. Settled in 1883, Great Falls was incorporated in 1888.
See also: Montana.