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Montana’s Grandest Mercantile Establishment

July 31, 2012

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Stylized illustration of Missoula Mercantile Company. #001 VIII 78-12 170 Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana

The History Press is delighted to announce another western addition to the press’ Landmark Department Store series: The Missoula Mercantile: The Store That Ran An Empire by Minie Smith. From its log cabin beginnings at a dusty crossroads in Montana Territory, the Missoula Mercantile grew to become the largest department store between Minneapolis and Seattle. […]

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“Don’t stop in America, go straight to Butte”

June 22, 2012

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Postcard view of the Butte Hill, with Corktown and the Anaconda Road in the foreground and winding up the hill. Collection Richard Gibson

As Richard Gibson describes in the opening pages of Lost Butte, Montana, “Butte gets under your skin.” The city’s “story, as reflected in the buildings that line and once lined its streetscapes, is jogs and kinks and stops and starts, a crazy quilt in ten dimensions of space and time and ethnicity and attitude and […]

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History Press Announces First Montana Book

June 14, 2012

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Park Street looking west about 1908. Author’s collection.

In 1897, A.C. Snow described Butte, Montana, as: “The largest smokiest wickedest mining camp on the face of the earth….” Today, thousands of visitors make the journey to The Richest Hill on Earth to experience a taste of the West’s mining past, connect with their family roots, and enjoy the festivals and museums that celebrate […]

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