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

Courthouse Historic District

 
 
Courthouse Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
1. Courthouse Historic District Marker
Inscription.  In 1879, Metis—people of French and Chippewa-Cree descent—homesteaded in this area, near the army’s Camp Lewis. Many street names memorialize these settlers, who included Francis A. Janeaux and Paul Morase. But open range cattle ranching, nearby gold discoveries, and the growth of the sheep industry quickly made Lewistown a regional supply center. Fergus County was created in 1885 with Lewistown as its seat. The district reflects the maturing of the town as a governmental and business center. C. E. Bell, one of the Montana Capitol’s architects, designed the 1904 stone jail. The elegant stone Carnegie library was built in 1905. The brick Fergus County Courthouse followed in 1907. The Lewistown Art Center is housed in what was once the Charles Lehman Bunkhouse. Lewistown’s first junior high school, built in 1921, is one of the later civic buildings in the district. Residences important for their historical associations and distinct designs cluster around these public buildings. Attorney William Blackford’s residence was built with materials such as finely milled lumber brought in on trains. The two David Hilger residences, one moved
Courthouse Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
2. Courthouse Historic District Marker
here from Fort Maginnis before 1900 and the other built of brick in 1913, recall the sheep rancher who participated in many important community projects.
 
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° 3.757′ N, 109° 25.826′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 87) near 7th Avenue North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 712 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. Carnegie Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Attix Clinic (within shouting distance of this marker); Lehman Bunkhouse (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 521 West Main (about 600 feet away); McDonald and Charters Block (about 700 feet away); Thompson-Lewis House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham and Mary Walton Hogeland House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Phillips Drug Company (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
 
Categories. Government & PoliticsNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Fergus County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
3. Fergus County Courthouse
Fergus County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
4. Fergus County Courthouse
Fergus County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
5. Fergus County Courthouse
Courthouse Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
6. Courthouse Grounds
"From little town
In a far land we came.
To save our honor
And a World aflame:
By little towns
In a far land we steep.
and trust those things
We won to you to keep."
Rudyard Kipling
Courthouse Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
7. Courthouse Grounds
Erected by
Uset-Central Montana Pioneer Society
In Memory of
Pioneer Freighters of Central Montana
Dedicated June 21, 1941
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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