The “Whistle Stop Tour” Bozeman’s Breweries and Railway

Extreme History presents Adventure Through Time Walking tours of Downtown Bozeman Montana

Tour Date/Time: Please contact us at info@extremehistoryproject.org if you are interested in this tour.

Tour Start Location: Depot Park (see directions below)

Tour Guide: Dale Martin

The northeast portion of Bozeman hosted two of the dominant sectors of the local economy in the early 20th century. Two railways connected Bozeman with the nation, and enabled the products of Gallatin Valley’s farms to compete in national markets. For decades, the Northern Pacific passenger station on Front Street was Bozeman’s focus of intercity travel and, until 1921, the northern terminus of Bozeman’s street railway. Products of the valley’s farms were stored and processed in, and shipped from, buildings and structures served by railway spurs. Major activities included storing wheat in grain elevators, making flour and cereals in mills, brewing beer, and packing dry peas at seed companies. In addition, warehouses received fresh produce shipped in by rail and held perishables in cold storage. The houses of northeastern Bozeman, clearly smaller and plainer than many that dominated streetscapes south of Main Street, were residences of workers and their families.

 

DIRECTIONS TO TOUR MEETING LOCATION

From the intersection of E. Main St. and Wallace Ave.:
Go north on North Wallace for a distance of just over 0.6 miles to the intersection with East Tamarack St. Turn right (east) on Tamarack and go one block (you’ll see the railway station in front of you), then you’ll have to turn diagonal right (southeast) on to Front Street. One block on Front Street will bring you to Depot Park, visually dominated by a climbing “boulder,” at the intersection of three streets: Front, Ida, and Aspen.
Parking: do not park by the railway station, which has “No Trespassing” signs posted by its owner, Montana Rail Link. Instead park by the curb the surrounds the Depot Park.

 

 

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