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Near Havre in Hill County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Company Officer's Quarters (Duplexes)

Fort Assinniboine

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
1. Company Officer's Quarters (Duplexes) Marker
Inscription.  A row of thirteen mansard-roofed officer's quarters, flanked by two flat-roofed apartment buildings, defined the north east side of the parade grounds. Ten of the buildings were duplexes, most like this one, designed to house married officers and their families. At the center of the row were three single-family homes, intended for the post commander and his field staff. The last remaining duplex was likely the first one built in 1879-80 from brick manufactured on site, with "fire brick" for the chimneys and fireplaces imported from Helena. Steamboats brought the woodwork upriver to Coal Banks, before freighters hauled it forty miles north by wagon. Each unit contained two identical apartments with mirrored floor plans. Local stories recount that the thin walls between apartments led couples to take their arguments outside. Nevertheless, an 1889 Helena Independent article described these homes as the "center of a little world of charming society," enlivened by whist parties and formal dinners. Officers' wives "guided by excellent taste" adorned their parlor walls "with costly and well-selected etchings" and furnished the duplexes with "all
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the dainty luxuries ... found in the city homes."
 
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 Historical Markers marker series.
 
Location. 48° 29.916′ N, 109° 47.718′ W. Marker is near Havre, Montana, in Hill County. Marker is on Fort Circle near 82nd Avenue West (Assinniboine Road). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Havre MT 59501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Company Officers' Quarters (Apartments) (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Assiniboine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Assinniboine (about 300 feet away); John A. Burns (about 300 feet away); Fort Assinniboine (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Assinniboine (about 300 feet away); Library (about 300 feet away); Root Cellar (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre.
 
More about this marker. This marker on the grounds of Fort Assinniboine.
 
Categories. ArchitectureForts, Castles
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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