Rocky Mountain Laboratory – Hamilton MT

City:
Hamilton, MT

Site Type:
Laboratories, Education and Health, Federal Facilities, Research Facilities

New Deal Agencies:
Federal & Military Operations, Public Works Funding, Federal Works Agency (FWA)

Completed:
1940

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Marked:
Unknown

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The federal government built a large new health research complex in Hamilton, Montana, during the New Deal, with construction completed in 1940.  It would have been done by the Public Buildings Division of the Federal Works Administration for the use of the Public Health Service (now the National Institutes of Health, NIH).  The laboratory had previously been housed in an empty school building.

The laboratory works on insect-borne diseases.   “After its successful work with spotted fever, the Rocky Mountain Laboratory expanded its facilities and programs … to work on other insect-borne diseases, such as yellow fever and the spirochetal relapsing fevers.” (NIH)

Now known as “Rocky Mountain Laboratories,” the facility has been greatly expanded and is still in use.  We viewed two of the original buildings but could not gain access to the facility in 2023 to check for more or for any plaque.

Source notes

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/phs_history/contributions.html

Site originally submitted by Evan Kalish on August 6, 2017.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

Location Info


903 S. 4th St.
Hamilton, MT 59840
Ravalli County

Coordinates: 46.237731, -114.1592

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