Montana highway named in honor of late BLET member

The governor of Montana has signed a bill renaming a portion of Montana Highway 3 east of Helena after former State Representative and BLET Member Patrick Galvin.

Brother Galvin, who passed away in September of 2004 at the age of 78, served as a Democratic representative from 1991-1998, representing the western district of Great Falls.

Political activism runs in the Galvin family. Brother Galvin's daughter Kathleen Galvin-Halcro followed in her father's footsteps and is now the Democratic representative for the same district as her father.

Brother Galvin joined the BLET on Nov. 1, 1972, and was a member of Division 499 (Whitefish, Mont.).

"He was without a doubt what every member of this organization should strive to be," said Craig Gilchrist, Chairman of the Montana State Legislative Board. "He was a fine union man and an upstanding family man. My life is richer having known him."

The Patrick G. Galvin Memorial Highway will be a 22-mile stretch of Montana Highway 3 from Great Falls to Armington Junction. Highway 3 runs from Great Falls to Billings, through Harlowton and Lavina. Signs marking the highway with its new name should be going up within six weeks, according to the Montana Department of Transportation.

The governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, signed the bill into law on April 10 during a Capitol ceremony with more than a dozen members of the late Galvin's family.

The idea for the honor came from the Great Falls delegation, Galvin-Halcro said, "to recognize all that (he) gave to the community of Great Falls and the state of Montana."

"It's just a way to give back to him one last time," she said.


(With reporting from the Associated Press.)


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