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

All Purpose Shop

Lewistown Satellite Airfield Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
1. All Purpose Shop Marker
Inscription.  During World War II, the Army Corps of Engineers built almost 1,300 airfields. These rapidly constructed facilities followed standardized plans, all of which included an All Purpose Shop. The unassuming one-story buildings served as the bases' much-needed maintenance centers. In Lewistown, as at other satellite airfields, flimsy construction material, quick assembly, and heavy use made for a busy maintenance crew. As "all purpose" as the shop that served as their headquarters, the crew built shelves, tables, and benches and fixed broken toilets and broken windows. They efficiently repaired damage to the airfield's buildings, whether caused by weather or by the hundreds of men who temporarily made their home here. As the military undoubtedly anticipated, the young, reckless airmen were not the most careful of tenants. Among other equipment, the shop housed table saws, drill presses, and hand tools for woodworking. During Lewistown's notoriously harsh winters, the crew relied on two coal-burning stoves to warm their workshop, whose single-pane windows and uninsulated lathe and tarpaper walls did little to retain the heat.
 
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All Purpose Shop and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
2. All Purpose Shop and Marker
The Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 2.875′ N, 109° 27.442′ W. Marker is near Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is at the intersection of West Aztec Drive and Stratosphere Drive, on the right when traveling west on West Aztec Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 West Azteck Drive, 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. Pre-War Hangar (within shouting distance of this marker); Crew Chief Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Armament Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Training Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Recreation Building (about 400 feet away); Camouflage Building (about 400 feet away); Quartermaster Warehouses (about 400 feet away); Hangar (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Lewistown Satellite Airfield.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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