• New Deal murals still hang in six Montana post offices

    Post office mural in Billings. Photo by Thomas Lee

    Post office mural in Billings. Photo by Thomas Lee

    Lots of cool things came to Montana thanks to the New Deal back in the 1930s. The Civilian Conservation Corps helped build some of the most important infrastructure of Montana’s state parks and plenty other structures that helped shape the state. 

    And six artists were commissioned by a special New Deal program to paint murals inside Montana post offices in Billings, Deer Lodge, Dillon, Glasgow and Hamilton. The works of art are still hanging today and in most cases the artists who painted them went on to have storied painting careers that captured special moments of Montana history.

    We ran a cool story about the murals in the March/April issue of Montana Mag.

    Below is a location list of the six murals. If you’ve got business in one of the six posts offices listed below or are hitting the road and passing through one of these towns, don’t forget to take a few minutes to stop and appreciate the art.

    Here’s where to find Montana’s six New Deal post office murals are spread across the state

    - “Trailing Cattle” by Leo James Beaulaurier, Billings Downtown Post Office Station, 2602 1st Ave.

    - “James and Granville Stuart Prospecting in Deer Lodge Valley – 1858,” by Verona Burkhard, Deer Lodge Post Office, 510 Main St.

    - “News from the States” by Elizabeth Lochrie, Dillon Post Office, 117 South Idaho St.

    - “Montana’s Progress”  by Forest Hill, Glasgow Post Office, 605 2nd Ave. South

    - “Flat Head War Party” by Henry Meloy, Hamilton Post Office, 150 North 4th St.

    - “General Sully at Yellowstone” by J.K. Ralston, Sidney, Donald G. Nutter Building, 123 West Main St.

    - Jenna

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