Duncan Samson Block
— Historical Walking Tour of Whitefish, Montana —
This staid old brick building has a rich and colorful history.
The Duncan Samson Block, built in 1910 at a cost of about $32,000, was the third or fourth brick building in the fledgling town of Whitefish. Mrs. Jemima Duncan, a widow who had moved to Whitefish from Kalispell a few years earlier, saw opportunity in constructing a rooming house for employees of the Great Northern Railway, which had just named Whitefish as a division point on its line.
Along the way, she met J.A. Samson, a tie contractor for the railroad, and they were married the same years the building was completed. They set up housekeeping in one of the downstairs apartments. Many of the building's tenants were single young men, and as they married, Mrs. Samson advanced into the real estate business, finding small homes to sell them. Her office was in her apartment.
Although the building always has been primarily an apartment house, over the years it also housed a shoe store, a couple of grocery stores, a succession of chiropractor's offices starting in the 1930s, and a tax preparation business. In 1982, local contractor Gary Tallman bought the building
Erected by Stumptown Historical Society and Whitefish Community Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Science & Medicine • Women.
Location. 48° 24.632′ N, 114° 20.362′ W. Marker is in Whitefish, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of East 2nd Street and Lupter Avenue, on the left when traveling west on East 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 East 2nd Street, 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. H.J. Hotel, Blacksmith (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Former Site of 1st National Bank Building (about 600 feet away); Pastime Pool HallHaines Drugs (about 600 feet away); Hori Cafe Building (about 600 feet away); Orpheum Theatre Building (about 700 feet away); Robinson Building (about 700 feet away); Palace Bar (about 700 feet away). 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 14, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.