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

Wiedeman Apartments

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
1. Wiedeman Apartments Marker
Inscription.  As Lewistown’s population doubled between 1910 and 1920, the community found itself short on living space. According to the paper, newcomers had difficulty procuring “even the most indifferent dwelling accommodations.” G. R. Wiedeman capitalized on the tight housing market by constructing this two-story business block, which featured retail space on the first floor and apartments on the second. An energetic businessman and Lewistown booster, Wiedeman was a principal in the Montana Hardware Company and one of the founders of the Lewistown Electric Light Company and the Lewistown Brick and Tile Company. His brickyard’s distinctive “Lewistown red” lines the 1916 building’s façade. Much of the rest of the building is of rubble stone, salvaged from the original Montana Hardware Co. building. Wiedeman and his partners razed that early Main Street building in 1916 to construct a larger, more sophisticated business block. As a result, both Main Street and Broadway—whose development lagged substantially behind Main—became more elegant. After a 1943 fire, the Wiedemans converted the mixed-use building into eight apartments,
Wiedeman Apartments and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
2. Wiedeman Apartments and Marker
two of which were occupied by Wiedeman sons Art and Bill.
 
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° 3.989′ N, 109° 25.574′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on West Broadway Street near 2nd Avenue North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 214 West Broadway 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. Saint Leo's Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Warr Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mackey Building (Montana Tavern) (about 300 feet away); US Land Office/Warr Building (about 300 feet away); Montana Building (about 300 feet away); The Hub (about 300 feet away); Power Mercantile Building (about 400 feet away); Bank of Fergus County (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 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 12, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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