Havre, MT (HAV)

Located between downtown and the Milk River, the depot was originally built in 1904 by the Great Northern Railway and later remodeled. A statue of "Empire Builder" James J. Hill stands out front.

235 Main Street
Havre, MT 59501

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (2016): $1,249,329
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 11,756
  • Facility Ownership: BNSF Railway
  • Parking Lot Ownership: BNSF Railway
  • Platform Ownership: BNSF Railway
  • Track Ownership: BNSF Railway

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Located between downtown and the Milk River, the present Havre depot was built in 1904 by the Great Northern Railway (GN) and is the fourth passenger facility to stand in this general vicinity. As was common when a rail line was under construction, the first depot was actually a boxcar parked in 1887 at what was then known as the Bull Hook Siding—later renamed Havre. As the area became more settled, a second depot was built about three years later, but it was soon replaced in 1894 with the third building. This structure was in turn converted to railroad division offices when the current depot was built adjacent to it.

Although the depot dates to 1904, it has undergone significant remodeling over the last century. The first makeover occurred in 1910 to accommodate increased traffic from homesteaders seeking to build new lives in the region. At that time, the red brick depot received a hipped roof, and the interior was decorated with tile floors, mosaic trim and chandeliers.

Following World War II, the GN spent $150,000 to remake the building in a more fashionable streamlined style that included removing the roof and replacing it with a flat version. The 1949 work, which took nine months, also included building a second story using buff colored bricks shipped west from St. Paul, Minn. This led to the depot’s distinctive two-tone design; its horizontal orientation is further emphasized through brown brick belt courses encircling the upper floor, as well as a limestone water table on the first floor. When completed, the first floor contained separate waiting rooms for men and women, and the upper story held railroad offices. In conjunction with the depot renovations, the GN also constructed a new 23 stall roundhouse and machine shop to the east.

The GN, running from St. Paul to Seattle, is considered to have been America’s premier northern trans-continental railroad. It was formed in 1889 by James J. Hill, who orchestrated the merger of the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad with the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba Railway. Hill holds a special place in railroad history and lore, and is known as the “Empire Builder.” Whereas most transcontinental lines were built with federal assistance in the form of federal land grants, the GN did not utilize this method.

Hill’s business acumen guided the planning and construction of the GN. Much of the upper Midwest and West was sparsely settled, so instead of racing across the continent, the GN developed the regions through which it traveled as it steadily moved toward the Pacific. This action helped settle the land and created a customer base. Hill the businessman actively sought to establish trade links with Asia, and the railroad is credited with putting sleepy Seattle on the map and transforming it into an important and powerful Pacific Ocean port after the railroad reached the west coast in 1893.

Accordingly, a statue of Hill stands in front of the Havre depot in recognition of the key contributions the railroad has made to the city’s history. Just west of the depot, travelers can admire an impressive, well-preserved GN steam locomotive on display.

Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this station, which is served by two daily trains. BNSF Railway occupies several offices in the depot.

Station Type:

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • 10 Short Term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Accessible Payphones
  • Accessible Platform

    Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.

  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Ticket Office
  • Accessible Waiting Room
  • Accessible Water Fountain
  • ATM
  • Baggage Storage

    Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.

  • Bike Boxes
  • Checked Baggage
  • Dedicated Parking
  • Elevator
  • Enclosed Waiting Area
  • Help With Luggage
  • High Platform

    A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.

  • Lockers

    Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.

  • Long-term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Lounge
  • Parking Attendant
  • Pay Phones
  • QuikTrakKiosk
  • Restrooms
  • Shipping Boxes
  • Ski Bags
  • Wheelchair Lift

    Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.

  • Wheelchairs

    For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.  

  • WiFi