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Hamilton in Ravalli County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

United States Post Office

 
 
United States Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
1. United States Post Office Marker
Inscription. When construction began on Hamiltonís post office in August 1940, the worst of the Depression was over. Nevertheless, the building is a legacy of the New Deal, when the number of federal construction projects soared to put people to work. Montana congressman Jerry OíConnell secured the $100,000 appropriation for the combined post office and federal building as part of a bill that authorized $130 million for “emergency construction” across the United States. Constructed from a standardized plan provided by the Public Works Administration, the building has a symmetrical and dignified design. The post office expanded in 1997. To preserve this historic structure, officials placed the addition, and the new main entrance, on North Fourth Street. The original building, including the mural, Flathead War Party, remains open for viewing. Commissioned as part of a national project to employ artists and bring art to the people, the mural by Montana-born artist Henry Meloy depicts Flathead Indians preparing to attack their traditional enemies, the Blackfeet. It is one of only six Depression-era post office murals in Montana.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Historical Markers marker series.
 
Location.
United States Post Office and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
2. United States Post Office and Marker
46° 14.82′ N, 114° 9.582′ W. Marker is in Hamilton, Montana, in Ravalli County. Marker is on West Main Street (State Highway 531), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 340 West Main Street, Hamilton MT 59840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hamilton Commercial Historic District (here, next to this marker); 337 West Main (a few steps from this marker); Telephone Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Hall (about 400 feet away); First National Bank (about 700 feet away); Daly Mansion (approx. 1.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Flathead War Party - Smithsonian, National Postal Museum. Henry Melroy, born in Townsend, Montana in 1902, left his home state to attend the Chicago Art Institute in 1923, never realizing one of his most memorable works, Flathead War Party, would take him back home twenty years later.... Meloy defined the location by creating a background of the Bitterroot Mountains and Mt. Como. The Bitterroot Salish acquired horses in the 1700s... The introduction of horses into the Southwest by the Spanish in Mexico, which were traded northward after the 1600s, then and thereafter
United States Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
3. United States Post Office
changed the hunting and trading ways,... Successful buffalo hunts and the increase of a tribeís hunting territory resulted from increase in horse herds. Predictably, territorial conflict and wars resulted.
(Submitted on September 20, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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<i>Flathead War Party</i> by Henry Melroy image. Click for full size.
By National Postal Museum, August 12, 2015
4. Flathead War Party by Henry Melroy
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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