Northern Pacific Depot "Union Station"

Billings’ first depot was built in 1883, a year after the arrival of the Northern Pacific. Because the first depot failed to meet railroad specifications, the nearby Headquarters Hotel served instead as the passenger station. The hotel burned a few years later and a second depot replaced it. In 1909, the Northern Pacific began to upgrade its facilities and built this splendid $65,000 passenger station to be used by three railroad companies. Designed by the Northern Pacific’s chief engineer, only the Livingston Depot equaled this stylish station. The up-to-date complex featured a spacious waiting area for 200 passengers, gentleman’s smoking room, ladies’ waiting room, baggage area, and service offices. The “lunch house” had its own separate building where a chef “second to none in the employ of the company” had charge of the kitchen. By 1914, tracks extended in ten directions and twenty-six passenger trains arrived and departed the depot daily. Striking red roofs, gabled dormers, and stepped parapets long provided travelers with a grand first impression of this busy railroad hub.


Northern Pacific Depot - Billings

Northern Pacific Depot - Billings

1.Name Common: N.P.Depot And/OR HIstoric: same 2. Location Street and Number: 2320 Montana Ave. City or Town: Billings State: Montana County: Yellowstone 3. Photo Reference Photo Credit: Sam Thomas Date of Photo: August, 1978 Negative Filed at: Historic District Office 9 n. 25th, Billings, Mt. 59101 4. Identification Describe View, Direction, etc. N.P. Depot from North [verso] | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Sam Thomas View File Details Page

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2310 Montana Ave, Billings, Montana [map]

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The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Northern Pacific Depot "Union Station",” Explore Big – Montana's Historic Places, accessed July 24, 2017,


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