Milwaukee Depot, Butte

From the 1880s to the 1950s, trains assured Butte’s survival by transporting everything from passengers and mail to ore. This marvelous depot, with its 95-foot clock tower, was constructed in 1916 to serve passenger trains of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, or “Milwaukee Road.” The station consisted of a head house for passenger services and a baggage/express building connected by a glass vestibule. St. Louis pressed brick, marble floors, and oak-and-burlap paneling added interior elegance to the 160 tons of structural steel used in the construction of the complex. Electrically powered engines brought no dirt, dust, or smoke into the station, earning it a reputation as a “model of cleanliness.” The depot ceased its original function when train travel diminished in the 1950s. Home of KXLF television since 1957, the depot was one of Butte’s first major restoration projects in the 1970s. It is today an excellent example of preservation and adaptive reuse.

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Depot and Train sheds, Butte

Depot and Train sheds, Butte

Photo postcard, color. Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Depot and Train Sheds, Butte, Montana. Published by Keefe Bros., Post Office News Stand, Butte, Montana, verso Catalog information PAc 2013-50 Box 1-03 Butte - CM & St Paul depot and train sheds. | Source: Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, Montana | Creator: Unidentified View File Details Page

Passenger Station, Butte

Passenger Station, Butte

Photo postcard, color. Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. Passenger Station, Butte, Montana. Published by C. T. American Art Co., Chicago, verso. Catalog information PAc 2013-50 Box 1-03 Butte - CM & St Paul Passenger Station | Source: Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, Montana | Creator: Unidentified View File Details Page

Milwaukee Passenger Station, Butte Daily Post, 1917/01/27

Milwaukee Passenger Station, Butte Daily Post, 1917/01/27

[Front page of January 27, 1917 edition of The Butte Daily Post.] Montana Historical Society Research Center, Helena, Montana Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress b&w scan of microfilm | Source: Montana Historical Society Research Center, Helena, Montana; Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress | Creator: Montana Historical Society; HTC View File Details Page

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1003 South Montana Street, Butte, Montana [map]

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The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Milwaukee Depot, Butte,” Explore Big – Montana's Historic Places, accessed July 23, 2017, http://explorebig.org/items/show/2017.

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