“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Pre-War Hangar

Pre-War Hangar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
1. Pre-War Hangar Marker
Inscription.  Local businessman Harrison Green established Lewistown’s first airport at this location in 1928, intending to sell it to the city or operate it as a private enterprise. The city, however, established its own airport in 1933 just across the road from Green’s runway. When airmail and air passenger service began in 1933, it quickly became obvious that the city’s airport was inadequate. It was too close to power lines and its runway was too short. After several close calls, the city negotiated relocation of its airport to Green’s facility. In 1937, this became Lewistown’s municipal airport. In 1941, the WPA improved the facility, paving the runways. This hangar first appears in aerial photographs during these improvements. It served as a hangar-field maintenance facility for private aircraft and Inland Air Lines—the commercial company serving this region—just prior to World War II. The World War II airbase sprang up around the hangar. Inland Airlines, and perhaps private pilots, likely continued to use it throughout the war as an airport utility-maintenance hangar for smaller aircraft.
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Pre-War Hangar and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
2. Pre-War Hangar and Marker
The marker is to the left of the hangar door.
The Montana National Register Sign Program.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
Location. 47° 2.874′ N, 109° 27.395′ W. Marker is near Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is at the intersection of East Aztec Drive and Stratosphere Drive, on the right when traveling east on East Aztec Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Training Building (within shouting distance of this marker); All Purpose Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Camouflage Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quartermaster Warehouses (about 300 feet away); Armament Building (about 400 feet away); Crew Chief Building (about 400 feet away); Recreation Building (about 500 feet away); Hangar (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the former Lewistown Satellite Airfield, now the Lewiston Municipal Airport.
Categories. Air & SpaceCharity & Public WorkWar, World II

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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