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Glendive in Dawson County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Dion Building / Exchange Bank

Merrill Avenue Historic District

 
 
Dion Building / Exchange Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
1. Dion Building / Exchange Bank Marker
Inscription.  Fire swept through Glendive’s wood-frame businesses in January of 1886, destroying Henry Dion’s saloon and general merchandise, established on this corner in 1881. Dion constructed a kiln and built a more substantial fire- resistant brick building, completed later that year. The striking Gothic style building was featured in an 1889 issue of The Northwest Magazine. Dion’s businesses occupied the two storefronts while the Glendive Club, the center of the town’s social life, shared upstairs space. The club opened to ladies one day a week and hosted frequent dances in its handsome quarters. Remodeling of the building in 1929 included a new façade of better quality brick accented with marble and limestone panels. The original “Glendive brick” may still be seen in the elevator foyer. Dion served as Dawson County’s first sheriff and in many other public offices. He was president of the Exchange Bank established here in 1901 and retained presidency of the Exchange Sate Bank when it was founded in 1911. While many financial institutions failed during the 1930s, this bank remained solvent thanks to the private funds of its stockholders.
 
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Dion Building / Exchange Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
2. Dion Building / Exchange Bank Marker
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 47° 6.267′ N, 104° 42.812′ W. Marker is in Glendive, Montana, in Dawson County. Marker is at the intersection of South Merrill Avenue and West Bell Street when traveling south on South Merrill Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 South Merrill Avenue, Glendive MT 59330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dawson County World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 107 West Bell Street (within shouting distance of this marker); J.C. Penney Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Dion Brothers Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Dion Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Glendive, MT (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Methodist Episcopal Church and Parsonage (about 600 feet away); The Price (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendive.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 27, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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