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Immigrants, Agriculture, Railroad, & Local Merchants Shaped the Havre/Hi-Line Landscape

This photo, circa 1960 taken by Helmbrecht Photography, was commissioned by the dealer, Sig Dyrland of Northern Implement Company, Big Sandy. Area farmer, Henry Bitz, third from the left, who immigrated from Germany via Odessa Russia, is pictured with his sons in front of the Great Northern Rail cars that delivered their 21 International drills. The seven Bitz brothers (L to R Daniel, Herbert, Henry (Father), Reinholt, Leo, Fred, Albert, and Hank) are all dressed in suits purchased from Morris Fewer at ‘The Hub’ clothing store which was formerly located in the space currently occupied by the Havre Rail Road Museum. 

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Residential Historic District Interactive Website Map

  • Completed Spring 2012
  • Revised Spring 2016

Downtown Survey & Walking Tour Map & Interactive Web Site Map

  • Completed Fall 2009

Masonic Temple

  • Listed on Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA);  Most endangered list - Fall 2008

Fort Assinniboine

Kiwanis Chapel at Beaver Creek Park

  • Listed on National Registry of Historic Places - Spring 2010
  • Awarded HB645 Historic Preservation Grant - Spring 2010
  • Completed Rehabilitation of Log Slabs, Porch & Roof - Fall 2011
Preserve America Destination (City & County) - 2007
  • Awarded Grant Money for the following;
    • Downtown business & Railroad Survey
    • Educational Session
    • Create Website
    • Create Downtown Business & Railroad Walking Tour Map


Preservation Awards


  • Pershing Hall
  • Gary Grant
  • Toni Hagener



  • Bob & Mike Nault of Nault Plumbing, Eric Bartow of Everything Electric,
    Lorren Schlotfeldt, Danny Boyer, Terry Schend, Spike Magelssen and Dan Ulman for Donaldson Hall
  • Wayne Koepke and Renelle Braaten
  • Gregg Carlson & Northern Agricultural Research Center
  • Fort Assinniboine.


  • Hill County Park Board
  • Kiwanis Chapel
  • Rudyard Historical Society
  • Depot, Dinosaur and Vintage Auto Museum.
  • Havre Daily News


  • Festival Days
  • Havre Chamber of Commerce
  • Wahkpa Chugn Buffalo Jump
  • Anna & John Brumley


  • Valerie Hickman
  • MSU-Northern Library
  • Bonnie Williamson
  • Havre Hill County Library


  • Frank DeRosa Railroad Museum
  • Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association


  • Trish Limbaugh


  • Darrin Boss, NARC
  • Dr. Erica Farmer & Dr. Marc Whitacre


  • Jim Magera
  • Gary Wilson


  • Steve Helmbrecht


  • Jeff & Norma Ralph, Pepin Home

  • Larry & Rebecca Coleman, Joseph Gussenhoven ‘The Castle’ Home


  • Steve Neiffer, Heltne's Building


  • Skipped due to Covid pandemic


  • Ron Brenna  Havre Laundry  recognized as a Centennial Business


  • Havre History Center recognized for their adaptive reuse of the former Anderson Wholesale building as the new home for the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum.


Annual Preservation Ornaments

with proceeds going towards a fund geared towards community preservation efforts.

2011 Old Post Office

2012 Hill County Court House

2013 Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church

2014 Donaldson Hall MSU-N

2015 Fort Assinniboine and the Northern Ag Research Center

2016 Kiwanis Chapel- Beaver Creek Park

2017 H Earl Clack Elevators

2018  Burnham Schoolhouse

2019 Carnegie Public Library

2020 St. Jude’s Church

2021 Wahkpa Chu’gn

2022 Grizzly Gasoline Co.

Ornaments are on sale year around at the Chamber of Commerce



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