Filed Under Anaconda

Washoe Brewery

Goosetown Historic District

An architecturally impressive landmark and gateway to Anaconda’s east side, the Washoe Brewery symbolizes the private enterprise that flourished in this company town. The imposing Italian Renaissance-inspired brewery with its signature corner tower is a bold reminder of an industry important to Anaconda’s residents. It also represents an intriguing, unsolved corporate mystery. In 1904, the upstart manger/vice president of the Anaconda Brewing Company (ABC) suddenly resigned his position to establish a rival brewery. Despite William Haltonhoff’s resignation, he oddly remained ABC’s manager during construction of the $80,000 Washoe Brewery, completed in August of 1905. The ABC purchased the Washoe in December for $81,000 and shut it down. The building was subsequently long unoccupied. After Prohibition in 1933, the Washoe reopened under A. J. Tuchscherer, producing Rocky Mountain Beer until 1955. The brewery’s boardinghouse and bottling works are now separate properties, but the gable-front house and wagon barn remain intact. The brewery itself, little changed over time, is of primary significance to Goosetown’s historic neighborhoods.

Images

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Washoe Brewery Washoe Brewery. Front to side view of the building, facing northeast on Madison Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kim Morrison Date: Dec. 1994
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Washoe Brewery Washoe Brewery. Rear to side view of the building, facing southeast on Madison Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kim Morrison Date: Dec. 1994
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Washoe Brewery Washoe Brewery. Front to side view of the building, facing northeast on East Park Avenue. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Meredith Hamm Date: July 1994

Location

1200 East Park Avenue, Anaconda, Montana | Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Washoe Brewery,” Historic Montana, accessed May 26, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/319.