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Fort Benton in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Masonic Building

 
 
Masonic Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. Masonic Building Marker
Inscription.  Members of Masonic Lodge #25 built this brick structure in 1882, housing their temple on the second floor. Grocer W. H. Burgess rented first floor space. Economic decline in the late 1880s caused the Masons to lose title, and Burgess, too, went broke. The lodge rented space until 1901, while the lower floor accommodated the Sharp Brothers’ Store. The sons of the Sharp brothers became two of Fort Benton’s famous admirals. Originally one of a pair, the structure displays elaborate brick corbelling typical of the 1880s commercial architecture.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society; Department of the Interior, National Register of Historic Places.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 49.036′ N, 110° 40.069′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on Front Street near 14th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1418 Front Street, Fort Benton MT 59442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Masonic Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. Masonic Building and Marker
marker. First Fire Engine House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Benton Engine House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Benton Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacific Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); "George Montgomery: Rider of the Purple Sage" (within shouting distance of this marker); Open Range Cattle (within shouting distance of this marker); June 6, 1908 (within shouting distance of this marker); Stream Flow Monitoring (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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