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

Havre Post Office and Courthouse

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
1. Havre Post Office and Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  Red brick, finely crafted stonework, and a colonnade reminiscent of a Greek temple brought an imposing federal symbol to Havre in the 1930s. Securing state and federal funds for this post office was an expression of optimism during economic depression. It was also remarkable as one of only three post offices its size constructed in towns of population less than 10,000. The standard federal blueprints called for two stories in the Neoclassical style. Begun in 1930, the building was nearly complete in June 1931 at the ceremonial laying of the cornerstone. Officials placed a box crafted of Butte copper, smelted at Anaconda, rolled into sheets at Great Falls, and formed by Montana workmen within the massive block. The box, containing local memorabilia, was a gift of the Montana Power Company. Construction halted temporarily to secure funding for a third-story federal court, needed to prosecute bootleggers bringing liquor down from Canada during Prohibition. Altering the standardized blueprints made Havre’s post office unique. Used as a post office until 1995, the building remains an important anchor to the historic district.
 
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Havre Post Office and Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
2. Havre Post Office and Courthouse Marker
The marker is on a stand in front of the handicap parking space.
Montana Historical Society; Department of the Interior, National Register of Historic Places.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 48° 33.075′ N, 109° 40.735′ W. Marker is in Havre, Montana, in Hill County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street, on the right on 3rd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 306 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. A.D. Smith House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Atrium (about 400 feet away); Boone/Dalrymple House (about 500 feet away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lou Lucke Sr. House (approx. 0.4 miles 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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Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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