The renovated Montana Club building recalls its past glory of 1885, when the formal gentlemen's club was founded.  Built by wealthy livestock and mining men, the Club was fashioned after a castle and decorated with the finest furniture, wallpapers, lighting and flooring they could find.  Despite the excessive formality of the club, the activities inside were not much different than those in the brawling mining camp outside.  Drinking and gambling were still usually the main attractions, despite the newfound millionaire's attempts to bring civility to the rambunctious mining town. The original building, the oldest private club in the Northwest, was burned down in 1905 by the janitor's son, who "wanted to see the firemen".