“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bozeman in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Gallatin Block

Bozeman Main Street Historical District

Gallatin Block Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
1. Gallatin Block Marker
Inscription.  A livery and feed stable stood here in the 1880s and 1890s, but in 1901, William Nevitt, hardware store owner and “capitalist,” decided that downtown Bozeman could use more commercial space. The Avant Courier reported on the progress of his new business block: “the basement walls … are going up as if by magic.” To expedite construction, Nevitt imported “dressed stone for sills, watertables, etc, from the east … When Mr. Nevitt starts in on any important enterprise he usually carries it through with a rush.” Nevitt had the building’s name, the Gallatin, carved in stone. Other historic elements include the cornerstone, marked 1901, and the diamond pattern of raised brick (called corbelling) on the upper façade. The Fair Department Store originally occupied the ground floor atop a small corner barbershop in the basement. Advertising itself as “the place to save money,” the Fair sold clothing—including coats, shoes, and corsets—as well as household linens, chimney lamps, and coal hods. After 1927, a confectionery (candy store) and a clothing store shared the main floor. Tenants, including renowned Bozeman architect Fred Willson, occupied second-floor
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Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 45° 40.753′ N, 111° 2.159′ W. Marker is in Bozeman, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and South Black Avenue, on the left when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40-42 East Main Street, Bozeman MT 59715, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tivoli Beer Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Building and Post Office (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gallatin Lodge No. 6 A.F. & A.M (about 400 feet away); Bozeman Carnegie Library (about 500 feet away); Bozeman YMCA (about 500 feet away); Blackmore Apartments (about 600 feet away); 226-232 East Main (about 700 feet away); St. James Episcopal Church and Rectory (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bozeman.
Gallatin Block and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
2. Gallatin Block and Marker
The marker is near the corner on the Black Avenue side of the building.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Dec. 8, 2023