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

Northside Missoula Railroad Historic District

 
 
Northside Missouri Railroad Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
1. Northside Missouri Railroad Historic District Marker
Inscription.  

Generations of Northsiders have grown up in the shadow of the railyards since the Northern Pacific Railroad’s arrival in 1883 transformed Missoula into a modern city. Accepting land as an enticement from A. J. Urlin and other leading businessmen, the Northern Pacific located its depot above where the Orange Street Underpass is now. Two blocks to the north, the railroad built its employees’ Beneficial Hospital in 1884. A constellation of commercial enterprises, boarding houses, hotels, and private homes developed on both sides of the tracks around these original railroad properties. After the construction of the new passenger depot at the north end of Higgins in 1900, the area surrounding the intersection of Woody Street and the tracks became Missoula’s wholesale grocery district. The unity with downtown disappeared later with the closing of grade-level street crossings. In 1891, one of Missoula’s first public schools, the Northside School, was constructed at a location four blocks northwest of the original depot, and residential development soon surrounded it. The Northside became home to Germans, Irish, French, Chinese, African Americans

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and later, Greek, Italian, and Japanese immigrants employed by the railroad during its expansion between 1900 and 1916. Ethnic ties and common employment lent a cohesiveness to this neighborhood, which boasts some of Missoula’s oldest homes. Pyramid cottages and other simple vernacular style residences, built largely between 1883 and 1915, densely populate blocks that form the backbone of working-class Missoula neighborhoods.
 
Erected by Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 52.708′ N, 113° 59.786′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker can be reached from North 1st Street West near Grand Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 504 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); Lindsay Commission Company Warehouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments (about 500 feet away); Keim Building
Northside Missouri Railroad Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
2. Northside Missouri Railroad Historic District Marker
(about 600 feet away); John S. Johnston House (about 700 feet away); 906 Worden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mrs. Lydia McCaffery's Furnished Rooms (approx. 0.2 miles away); McIntosh House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Missoula.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the Northside Overpass, a pedestrian bridge over the railyard.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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