Filed Under Fort Benton

Murphy-Neel & Co.

Fort Benton Historic District

Prominent Montana merchant and cattleman John T. Murphy, who also ran a major freighting outfit between Fort Benton and the mining camps, went into partnership with Samuel Neel to build this commercial structure in 1880 at a cost of $15,000. The impressive one-story brick building on the riverfront served as mercantile store and warehouse. Distinctive corbelling, arched doorways, and tall pillared chimneys enhanced its original appearance. The one remaining chimney still retains the intricate design.

Images

Murphy, Neel & Co., Fort Benton, MT Lithograph image of Murphy, Neel & Co. View looking southwest at corner with men posing. Creator: unknown artist Date: ca. 1875
Murphy-Neel Building Murphy-Neel Building. Front to side view of the building, facing west to northwest at the intersection of Front Street and 13th Street. Source: Overholser Historical Research Center, Fort Benton Tour; Fort Benton, MT Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Date unknown
Murphy-Neel Building Murphy-Neel Building. Front view of the building, facing west to northwest near the intersection of Front Street and 13th Street. Source: Overholser Historical Research Center, Fort Benton Tours; Fort Benton, MT Creator: Ken Robison Date: July 2020
Murphy-Neel Building Murphy-Neel Building. Front to side view of the building, facing west on the corner of Front Street and 13th Street. Source: Overholser Historical Research Center, Fort Benton Tours; Fort Benton, MT Creator: Ken Robison Date: July 2020

Location

1220 Front Street, Fort Benton, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Murphy-Neel & Co.,” Historic Montana, accessed December 2, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/232.