Lawrence St. to Neill Ave.

Two Views of Main and Lawrence, May 1937
Northwest Corner


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The northwest corner of Main and Lawrence, May 21 1937. People are waiting for the Vigilante Parade to begin. The Gold Bar, on the corner, was remodeled in 1958 and became the Capri Lounge; in 1977 it was renamed the Gold Bar. The building itself was constructed in 1900.

Jerry's Clothes Shop was owned by Jerry Sullivan. Wise's Rainbow Cafe (in later years George's OK Cafe and the L&M) was owned by Clarence Wise (1900-1970) when this photo was taken; it was previously owned by his father, Frank Wise (1866-1929).

Palmquist Electric was in business at the pictured location from about 1920 to 1976, when they moved to Cherry Street.



Southwest Corner
The 1924 Phoenix Building


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This corner is where the Union Bank (now Wells Fargo) was built in 1957-58. Upper floors of the old YMCA building on Fuller can be seen in the background on the right.

Built in 1924, the Phoenix Building was very utilitarian in design. Link and Haire were the architects; Frank Jacoby & Son the general contractors.

It was constructed primarily as part of Helena's "Automobile Row", which was comprised of the Empson Buildings on Placer and Fuller, and the Central Garage at the corner of Fuller and Lawrence. Among the first tenants of the Phoenix Building were a Buick and Cadillac dealership and an automobile accessories supply house.

In 1940, the grocery store space was converted to the Corner Bar, which had Helena's first self-opening electric-eye doors, which were a real novelty.

The building was demolished in 1957 to make way for the construction of Union Bank & Trust Company.



400 block of N. Main, 1949


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Staff of the Stockman Bar meet the Budweiser Clydesdales during "Golden Canyon Days", 1949. The man with the necktie is Ronnie Thorbergson; to his right is Boney Burnhart. Others are unidentified.

In the right-hand background is the sign for The Corner bar; the sign can currently be seen west of Helena, at the junction of Highway 12 and Williams Street, where it was installed on the former Helena Club bar in 1957.

 

400 block of N. Main, 1950s

Prominent in this rare view is George's OK Cafe.



Main St. at Neill Ave., 1950s


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The Conoco station was owned by Al Rose, who still has a garage in Helena. At far right center is the "Just Good Food" sign for the Peter Pan Drive Inn. Dominating the scene is the Steamboat Block, built in the 1870s by shipping magnate and politician Thomas C. Power.