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Thompson Falls in Sanders County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Ward Hotel

 
 
Ward Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 3, 2015
1. Ward Hotel Marker
Inscription.  
Edward Donlan, who built this building as the Ward Hotel in 1907-1908, was significant in Thompson Falls history. At age twelve, the Canadian boy of Irish descent left home and went to work. Laying track south of Neihart brought him to Montana, where by 1895 he owned a saw mill in the timber camps. In the early 1900s, he extended his holdings here, with vast tracts to the west and east of town, and many town lots. He also started the Thompson Falls Mercantile Company. Politics was a second love for Donlan, elected state senator in 1902, 1906, 1910, and 1918. In his 1908 bid for governor, he lost by only 2,000 votes. He heartily joined the battle to make Thompson Falls the county seat of Sanders County, and saw a boom period ushered in with that victory. He interested investors in the Thompson Falls Power Company — owning, himself, several small dams on the Clark’s Fork River. In 1913-1914, he moved on to Milltown and sold much of his property here. His fortune dissipated, Donlan died in 1952.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
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Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
 
Location. 47° 35.669′ N, 115° 20.884′ W. Marker is in Thompson Falls, Montana, in Sanders County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (State Highway 200) and Fulton Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, at the northwest corner of the building, facing West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 919 West Main Street, Thompson Falls MT 59873, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ainsworth House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sanders County Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bedard House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weber's Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Thompson Playground (approx. ¼ mile away); Randolph Hoyt House (approx. ¼ mile away); 102 Park Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thompson Falls Hydroelectric Dam District (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thompson Falls.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large, framed, laser-printed metal plaque.
 
Regarding Ward Hotel. National Register of Historic Places #86002769 (1986). The brick building appears to be in good condition,
Ward Hotel Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible at corner of building, facing Main Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 3, 2015
2. Ward Hotel Marker (wide view; marker visible at corner of building, facing Main Street)
but seems to be abandoned as of 8/2015.
 
Also see . . .  Ward Hotel. National Register of Historic Places digital asset:
Nomination #86002769A. The 1984 review assessed it as "clearly the most substantial commercial building remaining in the downtown business district in Thompson Falls." (Submitted on December 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Ward Hotel / Black Bear Hotel (<i>northeast corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 3, 2015
3. Ward Hotel / Black Bear Hotel (northeast corner view)
Ward Hotel / Black Bear Hotel (<i>front view from West Main Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 3, 2015
4. Ward Hotel / Black Bear Hotel (front view from West Main Street)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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