United States Post Office

When construction began on Hamilton’s post office in August 1940, the worst of the Depression was over. Nevertheless, the building is a legacy of the New Deal, when the number of federal construction projects soared to put people to work. Montana congressman Jerry O’Connell secured the $100,000 appropriation for the combined post office and federal building as part of a bill that authorized $130 million for “emergency construction” across the United States. Constructed from a standardized plan provided by the Public Works Administration, the building has a symmetrical and dignified design. The post office expanded in 1997. To preserve this historic structure, officials placed the addition, and the new main entrance, on North Fourth Street. The original building, including the mural, Flathead War Party, remains open for viewing. Commissioned as part of a national project to employ artists and bring art to the people, the mural by Montana-born artist Henry Meloy depicts Flathead Indians preparing to attack their traditional enemies, the Blackfeet. It is one of only six Depression-era post office murals in Montana.

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Hamilton Main Post Office

Hamilton Main Post Office

Looking north at the front facade. - Hamilton Main Post Office, 340 Main Street, Hamilton, Ravalli County, MT Digital ID: (None) hhh mt0272.photos.035320p Reproduction Number: HABS MONT,41-HAM,1--2 | Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. | Creator: McDonald, James R , photographer View File Details Page

Hamilton Main Post Office

Hamilton Main Post Office

Looking southwest at the loading dock area. - Hamilton Main Post Office, 340 Main Street, Hamilton, Ravalli County, MT Digital ID: (None) hhh mt0272.photos.035326p Call Number: HABS MONT,41-HAM,1--8 | Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington D.C. | Creator: McDonald, James R , photographer View File Details Page

Hamilton Main Post Office

Hamilton Main Post Office

Looking northwest at the post office. - Hamilton Main Post Office, 340 Main Street, Hamilton, Ravalli County, MT Digital ID: (None) hhh mt0272.photos.035327p Call Number: HABS MONT,41-HAM,1--9 | Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. | Creator: McDonald, James R , photographer View File Details Page

Hamilton Main Post Office

Hamilton Main Post Office

Looking west at the main entrance vestibule and lobby. - Hamilton Main Post Office, 340 Main Street, Hamilton, Ravalli County, MT Digital ID: (None) hhh mt0272.photos.035328p  Call Number: HABS MONT,41-HAM,1--10 | Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. | Creator: McDonald, James R , photographer View File Details Page

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340 West Main Street, Hamilton, Montana [map]

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The Montana National Register Sign Program, “United States Post Office ,” Explore Big – Montana's Historic Places, accessed June 26, 2017, http://explorebig.org/items/show/1744.

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