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YOU CAN (STILL) HELP
The Depot's restoration in the 1980's was a large and successful project, undertaken with vision in difficult economic times, and whose fruits we continue to enjoy today. Its reach did not, however, extend to the complex's roof and certain structural issues, as it was believed at the time they could be deferred, and they were.
By the early 2000s, these issues forced themselves to the front. The roof had reached the end of its nearly half century of service, the structural areas became more pressing, the chimneys on the Beanery and Baggage Building had compromised, and leaks and ice damming on the roof had led to crumblings in undergirding masonry, and an engineering report made further structural recommendations to help preserve against the seismic effects of the adjacent freight trains.
The public responded strongly, and despite severe unanticipated cost increases, with the help of generous grantors, the project was completed. Major donors also included the Save America's Treasures program, the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Livingston Community Foundation, the Browning-Kimball Foundation, the Homestead Foundation, the Opler Foundation, the Stake Foundation, Phillip Morris, First Interstate, Margaret Reeb, the Montana TIIP, and others. Our sincere thanks to everyone great and small who made this happen.
While the goals of the project have now been largely met, we still have less glamorous ongoing maintenance and restoration issues that are important to the well being of this historic facility. If you wish to help with this work, donations are tax-deductible, and our executive director Laura McCarthy-Cota would be happy to discuss ways in which you can assist. We can be reached at (406) 222-2300 during our business hours, generally Monday-Friday from 9 to 5, or you can write us at the address at the top of this page. Your participation is very appreciated.