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

Kalispell in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Cry Building

Kalispell Main Street Historic District

Cry Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Cry Building Marker
Inscription.  “New Buildings Show Upward Swing of City,” crowed the Flathead Monitor in April 1936. Charles Cyr contributed to the optimistic outlook by constructing this “modern one-story building, 50 by 100 feet.” Cyr spent approximately $8,000 on the investment property, confident that “while we have no definite tenant ... I have faith in the town and I feel sure that the store building will prove a needed addition.” The St. Louis-based W. G. Woodward department store opened a branch here shortly after completion, justifying Cyr’s confidence. Kalispell already had five department stores, but Woodward’s still saw it as a promising market. Unlike many other parts of Montana, Flathead County grew by 26 percent during the 1930s as eastern Montana’s drought-stricken farm families looked for new homes. This made Kalispell a likely prospect for retail stores looking to expand. In addition, the recovery seemed well underway in 1936, with no one predicting the double dip recession that hit the country a year later. Despite this second round of hard times, the Woodward Co. continued to occupy this prime retail location until 1955.
Cry Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Cry Building and Marker
The marker is between the two entrances.

Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.72′ N, 114° 18.761′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on South Main Street near 3rd Street West, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 328 South Main Street, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sauser-Mercord Building (a few steps from this marker); Masonic Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Knight and Twining Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Water Department (about 400 feet away); Main Street Commercial Historic District (about 500 feet away); Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile (about 600 feet away); Heller Building (about 600 feet away); Carnegie Library (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 22 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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Feb. 25, 2021