The first railroad to reach Montana was the Union Pacific (UP), which in 1881 established a terminal one mile south of Uptown. After the Northern Pacific (NP) reached Butte in 1890, it shared the UP’s wooden passenger depot. As Butte grew from town…

Prominent Butte architect H. M. Patterson designed four identical duplexes along this block in 1899 for William A. Clark Jr., the son of copper king W. A. Clark. These distinctive Queen Anne style residences feature exaggerated street-facing gables…

Standing at the intersection of the north-south National Parks Airway and the east-west Northern Transcontinental Airway, the Homestake airway beacon guided nighttime pilots for more than eighty years. Before the advent of radio navigation, airway…

The Spokane Hill airway beacon guided nighttime pilots flying between Bozeman and Helena along the Northern Transcontinental Airway’s east-west airmail route between New York City and Seattle. The Spokane Hill beacon was one of six such structures…

The Silver Bow airway beacon, built in 1937, guided pilots along the Northern Transcontinental Airway’s east-west airmail route between New York City and Seattle. The beacon was part of the Three Forks to Gold Creek “cutoff” route, a string of five…

The MacDonald Pass airway beacon was the last of eighteen beacons constructed across western Montana as part of the Northern Transcontinental Airway’s New York City to Seattle airmail route. The ninety-one-foot-tall, steel structure held a…

The Whitetail airway beacon guided nighttime pilots flying along the National Parks Airway’s north-south airmail route. The route, designated in 1930, was Montana’s first such pathway, eventually connecting Great Falls to Salt Lake City, via Monida…

The Lyman-Neel Residence and its many occupants reflect the ever-changing character of the North Rodney Street neighborhood. Soon after Helena’s first county courthouse opened in 1867, merchants and professionals established Helena’s first…

Wayne and Ethel Gordon’s 1939 home is one of two Cape Cod style homes in the North Elevation Historic District. The steep side-gable roof, gabled dormers, and elegant front door entablature are key stylistic elements. After completing medical school…

Built between 1923 and 1927, this building—now a triplex but originally a duplex—is a relatively late addition to the neighborhood. Several elements distinguish it, including its placement set back from the street. The choice of stucco siding—a…