Treasure State Court/Bell Motel(s)
also Sunrise Motel


Treasure State Court, 40 E. Lyndale, Late 1930s


COLLECTION OF KENNON BAIRD

Cabins with no toilets? Well, at least you had a choice. This postcard was very cheaply printed. Treasure State Court (later Treasure State Cabins, Bell Motel) was expanded and remodeled over the years

Owner Clem J. Meyer was a local entrepreneur who, among other intresting accomplishments, re-sheathed the restored Civic Center dome with copper, and handcrafted his own coffin. According to a newspaper account, Meyer operated the motel for about nine years, selling out to Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Bompart, who made the property one of three Bell Motels, their own local chain.

Meyer went on to build the Main Motel.



Bell Motel, 40 East Lyndale Ave., 1950s


COURTESY OF TOM MULVANEY

 

Bell Motel seen from Memorial Park, Late 1950s

 

1961 Ad

In 1952, the buildings were renovated and the name changed to the Bell Motel. At that time, it was owned by Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Bompart. Helena newspaper classified ads from the era show that many of the units were rented on a weekly or monthly basis.

The Bompart operation was expanded, and by 1953 there were three seperate Bell Motels in Helena: The one pictured here at 40 E. Lyndale, 1900 11th. Avenue on the east side, and 1805 Euclid on the west.

In 1955, the Bomparts sold the 11th Ave. location to Albert and Marguerite Larson, who renamed it the Sunrise Motel...



Sunrise Motel, 1900 11th. Ave, 1950s


COURTESY OF THE DAVID POOR COLLECTION • CLICK ON IMAGE TO OPEN A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW

In 1956. the Larsons sold the Sunrise to Chester and Ida A. Leirness. They operated the motel until at least 1964. The contents of the Sunrise Motel were sold at public auction on Oct. 5, 1977. The building has been demolished.