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Lewistown in Fergus County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Hub

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

 
 
The Hub Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
1. The Hub Marker
Inscription.  Lewistown’s population tripled between 1900 and 1910 and the booming building trade attracted stonemasons and craftsmen, many of them Croatian immigrants, who settled here. The upper façade of this 1908 one-story commercial building, revealed during restoration in 1990, exemplifies the fine stonework of these Old World artisans. Also uncovered was the original sign for The Hub clothing store, located here for many years, and the motto (which is repeated on the sidewalk) of proprietor Joe Alweis. A respected early day resident and local property owner, Alweis is fondly remembered by “old timers” for his big-hearted generosity during the hard times of drought and depression. If a customer couldn’t afford clothing, he had to “just pay the freight.”
 
Erected by The Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 3.949′ N, 109° 25.516′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus
The Hub and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
2. The Hub and Marker
The marker is at the lower left of the building.
County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 87) near 2nd Avenue North, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 West Main Street, Lewistown MT 59457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. US Land Office/Warr Building (a few steps from this marker); Warr Building (a few steps from this marker); Mackey Building (Montana Tavern) (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Fergus County (within shouting distance of this marker); Montana Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Power Mercantile Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hopkins Grocery (about 300 feet away); Knerr-Tubb Block / Armory Hall (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The Hub and Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. The Hub and Marker
The marker is on the left. Note the "Just Pay the Freight" embedded between the posts.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 10, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   2. submitted on December 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   3. submitted on December 10, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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