Carroll College

Helena, Montana

BUILT: 1909
OPERATION TIME: 1909 to present


Carroll College was founded in 1909 by John Patrick Carroll, the second Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Montana at the time. Originally, the school was named the Mount St. Charles in honor of St. Charles Borromeo. Initially, it served as an all-male liberal arts college, focusing on training young men for careers in medicine, law, engineering, teaching, and priesthood. Now, it is coeducational.

In 1932, the college was renamed Carroll College after its founder. During the course of World War II, the school helped out in the V-12 Navy College Training Program, meaning that students could be a part of a Navy commission; this made Carroll part of the 131 other colleges and universities to do this.

Carroll College is home to the Neuman Observatory, the oldest astronomical observatory in Montana. A significant amount of damage was brought to the college during the 1989 Helena Train Wreck, particularly Guadalupe Hall, which was the women’s dormitory.

Legend has it that a priest committed suicide by leaping out of the Saint Charles Hall fourth-floor bathroom’s window, crashing to the ground below. Shortly after the priest’s suicide, one of the college’s basketball players who lived on the same floor slipped and broke his head open in the same bathroom. For obvious reasons, the young man died.

The bathroom was closed directly after the incident. Several years after the deaths, people have reported seeing blood pouring from the sink in the bathroom even despite the fact that the water pipes were disconnected from the wall. To this day, the bathroom remains condemned.


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