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Murray Hotel - Livingston, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 45° 39.709 W 110° 33.736
12T E 534100 N 5056567
Quick Description: A contributing building to the Livingston Commercial District, the Murray Hotel is not only an "Antique Hotel, but a "Haunted Antique Hotel".
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 1/30/2018 6:51:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMXMY4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
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Long Description:
Built circa 1904 as the Elite Hotel, the Murray has housed tourists and celebrities alike over the years. Though it fell into decline with the decline of railroad travel in the 1960s, it has since been revived and remains a popular local rendezvous place and watering hole. I'll let them relate some of the story of the hotel...

Our Place in History

Since its grand opening in 1904, the Murray Hotel’s guest registry has been more like a who’s who of history and Hollywood. Celebrities such as Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane have graced the threshold of what was once “the” elegant railroad hotel. The Murray was also home to Walter Hill, son of railroad tycoon, James J. Hill. More recently, colorful personalities like motion picture director, Sam Peckinpah, rented what had been the largest suite in the place, built originally for an heir to the Burlington railroad fortune.

The Queen of Denmark once spent the night, but her impressions went unrecorded. Humorist Will Rogers and his buddy Walter Hill, must have been satisfied. They liked the place well enough they tried to bring a favorite saddle horse to a third floor suite, via the hand-cranked, 1905 Otis elevator.

To this day, Livingston attracts a steady stream of writers, musicians, and movie stars.

Like any good hotel, the Murray has a personality of its own, a thing as tangible and real as its marble stairways, yet as hard to define as music or an aroma.

Think about it. When you check into a motel, you wonder if the TV works. When you check into a hotel, you wonder who you might see there. At the Murray Hotel in Livingston, Montana, it could be almost anybody. Celebrities have been stopping here for 90 years, sharing space and rubbing elbows with the cowpokes, railroaders, and other travelers that provide a hotel’s life blood. The Murray Hotel occupies 4 floors with 30 rooms or suites.
From the Murray Hotel


Antique furniture, red oak doors, a towering lobby, and 700 square feet of marble make this historic hotel a timeless ambassador of the “real West.” Built circa 1904, the Murray began as the Elite Hotel (locally pronounced EE-light) when Livingston was a busy tourist hub. Its unassuming brick façade reflects the great age of American hostelries and their inevitable link with the railroad. In 1922, the Senator James E. Murray family of Butte financed expansion to four stories, but foreclosed on owner Josephine Kline in 1925 and renamed the hotel. The popular Murray contained the town’s only elevator (which is still in use) and its lobby was a favorite rendezvous. The demise of rail travel figures into the Murray’s decline in the 1960s. Recent owners breathed new life into its seasoned rooms and suites, where celebrity outlaws such as Sam Peckinpah and Jack Palance have hung their hats. And the likes of Robert Redford, Peter Fonda and Whoopi Goldberg—to name just a few—have patronized the Murray’s Art Deco bar.  
From the NRHP plaque at the hotel

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Name of business: Murray Hotel

Type of business: Hotel/Motel

Condition of Neon Sign: Daylight - Can't tell

Physical Location:
201-205 West Park Street
Livingston, MT United States

Web Address: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
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