Filed Under Butte

Salvation Army Building

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Expansion of the mining industry during the 1880s bred a darker side to Butte’s “get rich quick” appeal. Foreign-born miners poured into Butte, often arriving hungry and homeless. The large immigrant population, combined with families left indigent through mining-related accidents, generated an acute need for charitable services. The Salvation Army thus came to Butte in 1888. Assistance included day care for children, housing for the needy, occasional midwifery, and even domestic help. In addition, old-timers recall the rousing free concerts performed every Saturday night by the organization’s band. Circa 1923, the Salvation Army relocated to this fine, newly completed building, where its charitable mission continues today.

Images

Salvation Army building, Butte, MT View looking north at second and third stories. Creator: Christine Brown Date: July 12, 2019
Salvation Army building, Butte View looking northeast at main facade with central entrance. Creator: Christine Brown Date: July 12, 2019
Salvation Army Building Salvation Army Building (PAc 91-51 B1 RollCBD03 F35). Front view of the building, facing north on East Broadway Street near the intersection of East Broadway and North Arizona Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1985

Location

121 East Broadway Street, Butte, Montana | Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Salvation Army Building,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1872.