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

J.C. Penney Store

Merrill Avenue Historic District

 
 
J.C. Penney Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
1. J.C. Penney Store Marker
Inscription.  After the death of Glendive pioneer Henry Dion in 1920, his widow and children contracted with John Holm to construct this commercial building according to the specifications of the J.C. Penney Company. Built in 1929, the architecture is typical of the many Penney stores built in small rural towns. Penney stores were easily identified by their brilliant yellow tile aprons, black signs, and trim. Interior features usually included a rear sales balcony and a front balcony for the manager’s office. The cashier’s station was connected to the various departments by a system of trolleys, which carried the cash from each sale. High wattage incandescent fixtures, prism glass over the display windows, and two large skylights provided ample interior lighting. This building and four others extending east to the corner and south to 110 South Merrill Avenue are known as the Dion Block. They reflect the long history of the Dion family in Glendive, from the town’s beginning to the present day.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture
J.C. Penney Store and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
2. J.C. Penney Store and Marker
Marker to the left of the white truck
Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 47° 6.271′ N, 104° 42.84′ W. Marker is in Glendive, Montana, in Dawson County. Marker is on West Bell Street near North Merrill Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 West Bell Street, 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. 107 West Bell Street (here, next to this marker); Dion Building / Exchange Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Dion Brothers Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Dawson County World War Memorial (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 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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