Hotel - 1517 Railroad Avenue
1880s to 1935
Hotel Showing Extensive Earthquake Damage, Oct. 1935
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Hotel was one of several hotels and boarding houses that sprang
up near the Northern Pacific (Union) Depot in the 1880-90s.
Old Sanborn fire insurance maps indicate that the Capital
Hotel building was constructed sometime between 1884 and 1888.
photos of the building presented here are all from 1935, the
year the hotel fell victim to a series of devastating earthquakes,
which hit Helena's Sixth Ward particularly hard. Never one
of Helena's premier hotels, the Capital was already in decline
when the earthquakes came.
in the above photo that efforts were undertaken to prevent
the west wall of the hotel from collaping onto the dwelling
next door -- which is still standing today. The wall is apparently
shored up by telephone poles, and a protective sheath of lumber
has been placed on the the roof of the house.
Google Maps View of the Capital Hotel Site
Damage Seen from the Eastern Side
Hotel Totally Demolished by Oct. 31, 1935 Earthquake
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