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Northern Pacific Depot "Union Station"

Billings Townsite Historic District

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 Date: August, 1978
Northern Pacific Depot, Billings, Montana
Northern Pacific Depot, Billings, Montana Northern Pacific Depot, Billings, Montana. Colorized postcard of the Northern Pacific Depot in Billings, Montana. Persona note on back. Postmarked April 20, 1915. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unknown Date: 1915


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The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Northern Pacific Depot "Union Station",” Historic Montana, accessed July 13, 2024,