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

Dion Brothers Building

Merrill Avenue Historic District

 
 
Dion Brothers Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
1. Dion Brothers Building Marker
Inscription.  Henry Dion built this brick building circa 1894 to expand his mercantile business. In 1908, he sold it to his two eldest sons, Harry N. and Fred. The brothers enlarged the original one-story building in 1910, adding a second story with apartments and a new façade. The four original shops were converted to one large general merchandise store that catered to the homesteaders then pouring into Dawson County. The business included an International Harvester farm equipment outlet across the street. The brothers, who themselves had a ranch on Belle Prairie, stocked everything imaginable from a spool of thread to a team of horses. Smaller purchases, wrapped with paper and tied with string, had to be secure enough to be carried many miles on horseback. Miles City architect Brynjulf Rivenes designed the stunning Neoclassical style façade, which features extensive brick and sandstone detailing. Note the “Dion Bros.” inscription and decorative lions’ heads, perhaps a reminder that the French-Canadian name, Dion, was Americanized to rhyme with lion.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series.
Dion Brothers Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
2. Dion Brothers Building and Marker
The marker is at the left end of the building.
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 47° 6.245′ N, 104° 42.828′ W. Marker is in Glendive, Montana, in Dawson County. Marker is on South Merrill Avenue near West Bell Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 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. Henry Dion Building (a few steps from this marker); Dion Building / Exchange Bank (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); Dawson County World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Glendive, MT (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Price (about 500 feet away); First Methodist Episcopal Church and Parsonage (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendive.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 25 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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