“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Lewistown in Fergus County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Lewistown Mercantile Company

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

Lewistown Mercantile Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
1. Lewistown Mercantile Company Marker
Inscription.  Rail transportation in the early twentieth century brought homesteaders to Fergus County and cemented Lewistown’s role as a regional commercial center. The General Brokerage Company of Grand Rapids, North Dakota, financed this stunning warehouse for the Great Northern Railway in 1916. The local architectural firm of Otto F. Wasmansdorff and George Eastman, whose architectural palette included stone masonry and the masterful use of brick, designed the building. Plans called for an innovative design unlike other early nineteenth- century warehouses. It was intended to be an eye-catching addition to Lewistown’s Main Street. The Democrat News, December 17, 1916, reported that the attractive building greatly enhanced the depot area and was an indication that the wholesalers had great optimism for Lewistown as a jobbing and distribution center. The $30,000 grocery warehouse featured up-to-date refrigeration for fruits and vegetables and the most modern system for cooling, humidifying, and ripening bananas. Large peanut roasters, special rooms for candy and nuts, and tempered fresh air ventilation for employees’ offices offered ideal conditions for
Lewistown Mercantile Company Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
2. Lewistown Mercantile Company Building and Marker
The marker is to the right of the entrance.
both produce and workers. The railroad considered this warehouse the best of the sixty it owned at this time. The Lewistown Brick and Tile Company provided the brick, expertly laid to enhance aesthetic appeal. Precast concrete adds contrasting ornamentation. The utilitarian dark red brick forms handsome pilasters at the corners and entry. A grand parapet with precast concrete coping accents the roofline. A “ghost sign” for the Central Feed Company attests to the building’s later conversion to a feed mill.
Erected by The Montana National Register Sign Program.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
Location. 47° 4.089′ N, 109° 25.331′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on East Main Street (U.S. 87) near East Broadway Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 East Main Street, Lewistown MT 59457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Knerr-Tubb Block / Armory Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hopkins Grocery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Leo's Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mackey Building (Montana Tavern) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Warr Building (approx.
Lewistown Mercantile Company Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
3. Lewistown Mercantile Company Building
0.2 miles away); The Hub (approx. 0.2 miles away); US Land Office/Warr Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wiedeman Apartments (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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