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

Sliter House

East Side Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Sliter House Marker
Inscription.  Joseph H. Horn, a part-owner in the Kalispell Mercantile Company, built this fine brick home in 1897. In 1905, he sold the property to Everit Sliter, the founder of the town of Bigfork, Montana. Sliter had come to the Flathead Valley in 1889. Having spent all his money on the purchase of land, he and his dog spent that winter in a root cellar. The pair consumed 26 deer and Sliter traded the skins for other staples. He later established one of the area’s first orchards. Before Sliter and his wife, Lizzie, moved to Kalispell, they briefly rented the home to architect Joseph Gibson and his bride, Effie. When Sliter moved here circa 1908, he essentially traded places with Horn who took over operation of Sliter’s hotel and general store in Bigfork. From 1909 to 1917, Sliter operated a real estate business from the home. A truncated hipped roof, exceptional brickwork, gently arched windows, and decorative shinglework make this an outstanding example of late Victorian-era vernacular architecture and a primary element of the historic neighborhood.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Sliter House and Marker
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historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.695′ N, 114° 18.193′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 6th Avenue East near 5th Street East, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 512 6th Avenue East, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ross House (here, next to this marker); Elliot House (a few steps from this marker); Spafford House (a few steps from this marker); McKeown/Braunberger House (within shouting distance of this marker); F.W. Cole House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conrad/Tobie House (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Conrad/Tobie House (about 300 feet away); Phillips House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  The Sliter House -- Flathead Beacon. Instead, the home has many Victorian elements, such as fine brick and
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shingle work; a steep, front-facing gable; a section with a mansard roof, and other details – all of which give it an overall Victorian appearance. It is also deep-rooted in Flathead Valley history – and tradition
(Submitted on November 16, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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