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Missoula in Missoula County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Lindsay Commission Company Warehouse

Northside Missoula Railroad Historic District

 
 
Lindsay Commission Company Warehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
1. Lindsay Commission Company Warehouse Marker
Inscription.  The arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad transformed every aspect of life in Montana, including the food available for purchase. Frank Lindsay opened his first fruit warehouse in Helena in 1883, the year the railroad arrived and made importing fresh fruit and vegetables practical. He expanded his business to Bozeman and Billings and in 1909 had this substantial, brick warehouse constructed in Missoula. Missoula architect A. J. Gibson designed the state-of-the-art warehouse, which featured a four-ton, electric-powered ice machine and two refrigeration areas. Oriented toward the tracks, the forty-by-sixty-foot building has an oriel bay, commonly seen on railroad buildings. Such windows were used to pass messages to railroad personnel. Montana fruit farmers, particularly apple farmers in the Bitterroot, stored their crops here before shipping them east. The warehouse also received carloads of apples, apricots, pears, peaches, and other fruit from Washington and points south. Plans for the warehouse even specified a "banana room," attesting to the way fruit wholesalers like Lindsay were able to capitalize on the far-flung rail network and the
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invention of refrigerated cars to bring exotic provisions to Montanans.
 
Erected by Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 52.681′ N, 113° 59.719′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is at the intersection of North 1st Street West and North Orange Street, on the left when traveling west on North 1st Street West. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 313 North 1st Street West, Missoula MT 59802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 426 North First Street West (within shouting distance of this marker); Keim Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northside Missoula Railroad Historic District (about 300 feet away); John S. Johnston House (about 600 feet away); Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments (about 700 feet away); Mrs. Lydia McCaffery's Furnished Rooms (approx. 0.2 miles away); McIntosh House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 613 North Third Street West (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Missoula.
 
Lindsay Commission Company Warehouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
2. Lindsay Commission Company Warehouse and Marker
The marker is above the steps.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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