Missoula railway depot gets historic renovation

Rob Chaney

The historic railway depot that houses the Boone and Crockett Club will get a restored roof and other improvements, thanks to some large grant awards.

“We’re going to bring it back to its original state with clay tile,” Club development program manager Jodi Bishop said on Friday. “It originally had Spanish clay barrel tiles on every surface. At some point, those were replaced by asphalt shingles. We’re restoring it to its original look when it was built in 1910.”

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust gave $300,000 to support renovation of the former Milwaukee Road Depot, which sits just west of the Beartracks Bridge southern end. That, combined with a $500,000 historic preservation grant from the Montana state government, was enough to start work on the project. Bishop said the total estimated cost would be about $1.4 million.

That includes re-pointing the brickwork around the building, repairing windows and gutters, and other exterior maintenance. Bishop said the public visitor gallery of trophy big game displays will remain unchanged.

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