Filed Under Missoula

Milwaukee Depot, Missoula

The tracks of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railway were laid across Montana between 1907 and 1909. Completion of this final transcontinental line and the fierce competition it generated renewed interest in the railroads. Its far-reaching effects revitalized the lumber industry, boosted a sagging economy, encouraged agricultural expansion, and precipitated a homesteading boom. Completion of the line through Missoula solidified the town’s role as a major urban and trading center. This splendid brick passenger depot was built in 1910. Its grandeur and stylistic sophistication are indicative of the railroad’s importance to the town. Designed by architect J. A. Lindstrand, it is one of the finest examples of railroad station architecture in Montana, rivaling Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railway stations in Butte and Great Falls. One of Missoula’s few surviving remnants from the era of railroad supremacy, the design is particularly noteworthy for its castle-like appearance enhanced with contemporary poured concrete and Mission style detailing. Five-story and three-story towers crowned with Romanesque style windows, castle-like parapets, and Spanish tile roofs emphasize the monumental proportions of the two depot buildings. Now connected by a modern addition, the two-story building originally accommodated passengers while the one-story building was used for baggage. The depot’s grand interior still boasts 15-foot coffered ceilings with milled wood beams, relief-paneled wainscoting, and elegant molded wood trim.

Images

C.M. and St. Paul Railroad Depot, Missoula Chicago-Milwaukee and Saint Paul Railroad passenger depot, Missoula, Montana. A train sits on the tracks in front of the depot. Cars and people can be seen between the depot and the train. A water tower is behind the train. Looking west at the depot from the site of the Higgins Avenue Bridge. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula Date: Unknown
Milwaukee Depot, Missoula Milwaukee railroad depot, with train at station. Missoula, Montana. Men and cars in foreground. Side view of the building, facing east towards Mount Sentinel. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unknown Date: ca. 1910
Milwaukee Depot, Missoula Milwaukee Depot, Missoula, Montana. A train is coming into the station. A car is parked in front of the depot. Front view of the building, facing west on the Higgins Avenue Bridge. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Rollin H. McKay Date: 1944
Milwaukee Depot, Missoula, MT Milwaukee Depot, Missoula, MT Missoula County Photo & Neg: John R. Krempel P.O. Box 3155, Missoula, MT Date: 1982 Photo #2 Looking Southwest John R. Krempel Bx 3155 Missoula, MT (verso) b&w print Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana Creator: John R. Krempel Date: 1982
Milwaukee Depot, Missoula, MT Milwaukee Depot, Missoula, MT Missoula County Photo & Neg: John R. Krempel P.O. Box 3155, Missoula, MT Date: 1982 3 NE Photo #3 Looking Northeast John R. Krempel Bx 3155, Missoula MT (verso) b&w print Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana Creator: John R. Krempel Date: 1982

Location

250 Station Drive, Missoula, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Milwaukee Depot, Missoula,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/71.