Great Falls Railroad Historic District

Park and River Drs., 100--400 blks. 2nd St. S., 100--200 blks. 1st and 2nd Aves. S. and 100--300 blks. 3rd St. S., Great Falls, Montana


Great Northern Passenger Depot

At the end of 1st Ave. built in 1910.

Photo taken by Jim Allen in Sept. 2018




This district consists of the railroad & industrial facilities, the surrounding business district, and Cascade (now Gibson & Riverside) City Park.

Two railroads once served the city. The St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba (later the Great Northern) arrived at Great Falls in 1887; and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul entered Great Falls in 1910. The rail-yards are gone; now only one track goes through the district.

Two buildings were previously listed on the National Register. They are the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Passenger Depot, and the Arvon Block.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 19, 1993
Reference number
Architectural styles
Modern Movement: Moderne; Other architectural type; Victorian: Renaissance; Western Commercial
Areas of significance
Transportation; Landscape Architecture; Politics/Government; Industry; Architecture; Commerce; Exploration/Settlement
Levels of significance
State; Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Rail-related; Theater; Park; Manufacturing facility; Business
Current functions
Theater; Manufacturing facility; Rail-related; Business; Park
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1875-1899
Significant years
1883; 1909; 1929
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 38
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing sites: 3
Contributing objects: 10
Non-contributing buildings: 7
Non-contributing objects: 5


19th Century (37,781)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1883 (511)
Built during 1880s (6,483)
Cascade County, Montana (61)
District (10,507)
George W. Bird (1)
Great Falls, Montana (22)
Modern Movement (2,576)
Moderne (738)
Montana (2,200)
Private owner (54,398)
Renaissance (1,333)
Stone (26,160)
Victorian (19,698)

Update Log 

  • December 26, 2018: New photos from Jim Allen
  • December 13, 2018: Updated by Jim Allen: added description, corrected coordinates

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