Filed Under Helena

Rodney Street News

Helena Historic District

Gambling that Helena would continue to grow, Eliza Roush purchased this lot and several others in 1869. Her bet paid off, and by 1875, Rodney Street was crowded with buildings, including a small wooden dwelling on this site. A series of wooden structures occupied this corner, and by the time real estate developer Richard Lockey purchased the property in 1895, German immigrant Daniel Bahnsen had opened a dairy here. Like many Rodney Street business owners, he lived on the premises. The dairy closed in 1900. John and Elizabeth Ryan opened a confectionary here in 1922. In 1927, they bought the lot and built this one-story brick veneered building, with a store in front and living quarters in the rear. Six schools within a six-block area made the site a prime location for a candy store. The Ryans sold the business in 1937, but the store continued as a confectionary through the 1940s. By 1950, it had become Rodney Street News. The soda fountain, lunch counter, and newsstand remained a neighborhood institution into the 1990s.

Images

Rodney Street News Rodney Street News (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll14 F09). Front to side view of the building, facing west on North Rodney Street at the intersection of North Rodney and 5th Avenue. This building now serves as the Rodney Street Laundromat. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981

Location

122 North Rodney Street, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Rodney Street News,” Historic Montana, accessed January 28, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/741.