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Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Dubbs Block

Great Falls West Bank Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
1. Dubbs Block Marker
Inscription.  A shortage of steel and limited purchases of nonessential goods during World War II caused the automobile industry to skyrocket after the war ended. As the troops came home and the economy recovered, Montana experienced this boom as well. By the late 1940s, Great Falls consumers could choose from nearly a dozen makes of automobiles. North Dakotans Edmund and Clara Dubbs, in partnership with Frank P. McGrath, founded McGrath-Dubbs Motors in 1949 and constructed this building at what was one of the premier car sales locations of the time. Leonard Haggarty came to Great Falls in the early 1950s to manage the business, then known as Great Falls Motor, Inc. He purchased the company in 1952 and later changed its name to Haggarty Motors, Inc. The firm sold new Chryslers and Plymouths, used cars, and offered repair services. Three generations of Haggartys managed the business until the late 1990s. Streamline Moderne, a 1930s product of the Art Deco style, influenced the building’s design. The rounded corner, horizontal band of windows on the second story, and wraparound showroom storefront create a streamlined effect.
 
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Dubbs Block and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
2. Dubbs Block and Marker
The marker is above the concrete picnic bench.
The Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 30.389′ N, 111° 17.57′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker is on 1st Avenue North near 9th Street North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 815 1st Avenue North, Great Falls MT 59401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Masonic Temple (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church Parsonage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Methodist Parsonage (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Ann's Cathedral (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); C.E. Davis Residence (approx. ¼ mile away); W.K. Floweree House (approx. ¼ mile away); Quigley House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
3. Mural
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 23, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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