Sacajawea Hotel

Arrival of the Milwaukee Railroad caused Three Forks to move (1908-1910) one mile up the Missouri River from its 1863 townsite, as happened with many sister towns in the developing West. Milwaukee Railroad purchasing agent John Q. Adams saw need for a hotel to serve travelers and residents, and he thriftily purchased the Madison House (built 1862) and had it moved from the “old town” on log rollers. The Madison House’s front half is the apartment wing on the northeast end of the hotel, and its rear half forms the main kitchen, a dining room, and staff rooms in the southeast wing. The 1910 construction houses the main lobby and hotel rooms. With the Milwaukee Railroad depot across the street, the Sacajawea Hotel promptly became a business and social center for the area. Only five years later, the railroad removed most of its facilities, slowing Three Forks’ growth. The formal exterior proclaims the Sacajawea as a classic pioneer town grand hotel, but its Arts and Crafts style interior is warmly informal and welcoming, as intended by Bozeman architect Fred Willson.

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Sacajawea Hotel, streetview

Sacajawea Hotel, streetview

(blank verso) b&w print | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Unidentified photographer View File Details Page

Sacajawea Hotel, streetview

Sacajawea Hotel, streetview

(blank verso) b&w print | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Unidentified photographer View File Details Page

Sacajawea Inn, streetview

Sacajawea Inn, streetview

View of entrance to hotel parking. | Source: Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, Montana | Creator: Photograph by Olsen View File Details Page

Street Address:

5 Main Street, Three Forks, Montana [map]

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The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Sacajawea Hotel,” Explore Big – Montana's Historic Places, accessed July 24, 2017, http://explorebig.org/items/show/605.
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