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Whitefish in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Pastime Pool Hall

(Block 36; Lot 11)

 

— Historical Walking Tour of Whitefish, Montana —

 
Pastime Pool Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2020
1. Pastime Pool Hall Marker
Inscription.  
This venerable building has a long and colorful history as a Whitefish watering place and entertainment center. Called the Dodge House when it was built in 1903, it eventually became known as the Pastime bar, a name it retained for many years, until it was renamed the Bulldog Saloon (in honor of the Whitefish Bulldog high school athletic teams) in the early 1980's. As of 2002, it remained the Bulldog, a flamboyantly decorated sports bar.

In the teen years of the twentieth century, the building was called Houston's Hall, after Dr. Houston, a railroad physician and surgeon who had offices on the second floor. The medical offices later were occupied by other doctors. Occasionally used for boxing matches over the years, the second floor also served as an early meeting place for Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star. The space later fell into disrepair and was used for storage of city Christmas decorations and other items.

Meanwhile the main business survived Prohibition by selling soft drinks, cigars and fruit and offering billiards and pool tables for the recreation of locals, many of them railroaders. In 1933, the Whitefish

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By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2020
2. Pastime Pool Hall Marker
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Pilot reported that a beer license had been issued to J.L. Akey, the new owner of the Pastime. The Akey family was associated with the Pastime for some fifty years. Earl and Jacqueline (Akey) Schommer were the last of the family to run the establishment, and after another ownership change, it was purchased by Linda and Buck May.
 
Erected by Stumptown Historical Society and Whitefish Community Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & CommerceSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
 
Location. 48° 24.65′ N, 114° 20.215′ W. Marker is in Whitefish, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on Central Avenue near East 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 Central Avenue, Whitefish MT 59937, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Haines Drugs (a few steps from this marker); Hori Cafe Building (a few steps from this marker); Robinson Building (a few steps from this marker); Former Site of 1st National Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Palace Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); Orpheum Theatre Building (within
The Bulldog Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2020
3. The Bulldog Saloon
shouting distance of this marker); Casey's Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); H.J. Hotel, Blacksmith (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Whitefish.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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