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B.P.O.E. Lodge #534

 
 
B.P.O.E. Lodge #534 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 26, 2011
1. B.P.O.E. Lodge #534 Marker
Inscription. Americans organized much of their social life around fraternal groups at the turn of the twentieth century. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks provided an important social and charitable outlet for Red Lodge's professionals, who circulated the charter petition in 1899 and established the Beartooth Lodge in 1900. By 1914, membership had grown from the original 40 members to over 160, and the organization needed "larger and more commodious" quarters than its rented rooms. The Elks raised building funds through membership dues, donations, concerts, and vaudeville-style performances. Billings architect C. C. Oehme designed the Elks Lodge in the "bungalow style." Stucco and cobblestones adorn the exterior, which at one time also featured a parapet along the roofline. The thoughtfully designed interior included a first-floor lodge hall, pool hall, card room, and bar. The basement included a banquet hall, kitchen, washroom, and coal room. The Red Lodge Picket declared the handsome building's grand opening on December 18, 1914, "a big hit," predicting that the Elks' new lodge would "become the most popular social place in the city."
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Location. 45° 11.306′ N, 109° 14.82′ 
B.P.O.E. Lodge #534 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 26, 2011
2. B.P.O.E. Lodge #534
W. Marker is in Red Lodge, Montana, in Carbon County. Marker is on North Broadway Avenue (U.S. 212) north of 10th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Red Lodge MT 59068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hawkes & Son Photography Studio (a few steps from this marker); 105 North Broadway (a few steps from this marker); Carbon County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Carbon County Hospital And Sanitarium (within shouting distance of this marker); W. A. Talmage Company Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Picket Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Labor Temple (about 500 feet away); Pollard Hotel (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Red Lodge.
 
Also see . . .  Red Lodge, Montana - Gateway to Yellowstone Park. (Submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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