Filed Under Helena

Raleigh and Clarke Dry Goods

Helena Historic District

This well-preserved commercial structure illustrates Helena’s growth from mining camp to prosperous town. The quoins and arches of the original stone building, constructed circa 1865-1872, are still visible at the rear. In 1878, the building was purchased by merchants William B. Raleigh and Charles A. Clarke, who came to Helena on the heels of the gold rush. The cast-iron and brick façade was added to the front during the prosperous boom years of 1884-1888. Raleigh and Clarke Dry Goods continued to flourish until 1898.


Raleigh and Clarke Dry Goods
Raleigh and Clarke Dry Goods Raleigh and Clarke Dry Goods. Front view of the building, facing west to southwest on South Last Chance Gulch with the Sands Brothers Dry Goods building to the right in the photograph. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020


36 South Last Chance Gulch, Helena, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Raleigh and Clarke Dry Goods,” Historic Montana, accessed May 26, 2024,