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About Us

Western Pawnbrokers is the oldest pawnshop in Montana, pioneering many lending regulations that are mandatory in the industry today. Owners Bert and Andy Nelson have been offering fair loans and fair prices on unique new and used items to generations of customers.

In 1975, Bert Nelson was seeking a career change that would get him out of his Missoula office and back to eastern Montana. He ended up opening a little pawnshop on Montana Avenue in Billings, Montana.

Soon he moved 30 feet west to the historical J.D. Losekamp Building. Built in 1903, this 18,000 square foot building sports a 16-room hotel on the second floor. It housed cowboys and travelers in the good old days and is still operating today. Western Pawnbrokers still operates in this same location in the heart of downtown Billings.

The Losekamp building has been home to many other businesses as well. Nelson added Farwest Gallery to the store in the 1990s. The gallery carries unique Montana Native American art and western collectibles including an incredible array of beadwork and jewelry. For more information on Farwest Gallery, stop by or visit

Western Pawnbrokers together with FarWest Gallery have become a favorite Trading Post for many with people exchanging goods on a regular basis.


Western Pawnbrokers does the best job working with customers on loaning the most money and having the cleanest, most interesting pawnshop.

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