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Havre in Hill County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Atrium

 
 
The Atrium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. The Atrium Marker
Inscription.  
This building once stood as home for the famed Buttrey retail store. This store brought shoppers from all over Montana and Canada to the area. Created by Frank Buttrey, the store began as a small shop called "The Fair" in 1902. The store, which first stood on First Street was destroyed in the fire of 1904. That same year, Frank Buttrey planned to build a 50 x 85 foot brick building on the corner of 2nd street and 3rd Avenue. That building would eventually become a three story 150 x 140 foot structure. It would come to house a number of new technologies to Montana. The store had the first automatic fire sprinkler system in the state. KFBB was aired from the Buttrey's. It was the first radio station in Montana and the second station in the nation. The call sign stood for Frank Buttrey Broadcast Inc. but Frank Buttrey joked that it stood for "Keep Frank Buttrey Broke." Frank Buttrey was a creative and ingenious businessman and used his innovative ideas to attract shoppers from all over the state. He offered a free bus ride that would pick shoppers up from Chinook in the morning and stop at his store. This provided a customer base not just
The Atrium and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. The Atrium and Marker
Marker barely visible on the right.
for his store but for all of Havre's businesses. Buttrey would grow to become Montana's largest independent retail operation with 29 stores in the 1950's.
In 1978 the building saw massive change when then-owner Don Vaupelle remodeled. Three full floors that were initially individually enclosed were opened in the center providing the open plan we see today.
The Atrium as it is known today is owned by David and Kris Shaw.

 
Erected by The Atrium.
 
Location. 48° 33.139′ N, 109° 40.719′ W. Marker is in Havre, Montana, in Hill County. Marker is on 3rd Avenue North near 2nd Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 3rd Avenue, Havre MT 59501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Havre Post Office and Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A.D. Smith House (about 400 feet away); Boone/Dalrymple House (about 600 feet away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lou Lucke Sr. House (approx. half a mile away); The Havre Air Force Station (approx. 1.2 miles away); Havre (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre.
 
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Buttrey's image. Click for full size.
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3. Buttrey's
The Atrium today image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
4. The Atrium today
Buttrey's, then image. Click for full size.
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5. Buttrey's, then
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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