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

Bon-Ton

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

 
 
Bon-Ton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
1. Bon-Ton Marker
Inscription.  Built around 1893, the Bon-Ton is one of four remaining pre-1900 masonry structures in the Central Business Historic District. The term bon-ton means “a good or elegant form or style; regarded as fashionably correct.” This structure is an excellent example of early brick remodeling on stone and its construction likely supported the Croatian stonemasons who settled in Lewistown towards the end of the nineteenth century. The Bon-Ton serves as an excellent example of early commercial building design. The building originally housed the Carson Saloon. William A. Carson tended the bar and operated a boarding house on the second floor. A former lodger of Carson’s, Charles Williams, opened the Bon-Ton Confectionery in the building in 1908 featuring an early soda fountain. Mrs. Florence Williams took over operation of the Bon-Ton Rooming House in 1912. The Williams family operated the business continuously for over seventy-six years. The Bon-Ton building has served Lewistown continuously since the late nineteenth century and remains a vital part of the commercial district as the city embarks on the twenty-first century.
 
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Bon-Ton Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
2. Bon-Ton Building and Marker
The marker is on the right.
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° 3.914′ N, 109° 25.588′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 87) near 3rd Avenue North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 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. Warr-Lane Building (a few steps from this marker); Power Mercantile Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Phillips Drug Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Montana Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Fergus County (within shouting distance of this marker); US Land Office/Warr Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hub (about 400 feet away); Warr Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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