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

Brintnall House

East Side Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Brintnall House Marker
Inscription.  There were very few homes in the neighborhood when the Reverend O. W. Mintzer built this cross-gabled Queen Anne style landmark in 1894. Although brick was readily available, its wood construction illustrates the local preference of the period. Rich details including stained glass, an ornate screen door, and decorative scrollwork complement the typical Queen Ann asymmetry. By the turn of the century, American Steam Laundry proprietor Frederick French lived in the home with his family and eight boarders. The Frenches advertised their rooms as having electric light, water, and an additional amenity: laundry service. Chester Brintnall owned the home by 1923 when he leased it to Montana author Frank Bird Linderman. Linderman went into the hotel business to finance his writing career and lived here in the 1920s while he was the successful proprietor of the Kalispell Hotel. A Kalispell school bears Linderman’s name. Brintnall, who helped establish Kalispell’s rural delivery routes and later became assistant postmaster, lived here from 1927 to 1952.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series.
Brintnall House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Brintnall House and Marker
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCommunicationsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.79′ N, 114° 18.301′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 5th Avenue East near 4th Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 5th 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. Weberg House (a few steps from this marker); Foot/Templeton House (a few steps from this marker); Donovan House (a few steps from this marker); Anderson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Driscoll House (about 300 feet away); William Swetland Residence (about 300 feet away); Conlon House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Brintnall House -- Flathead Beacon. In 1894, Kalispell was still quite a sparse town. The city was only two years old and just
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developing as a key place of industry, where the railroad, farmers, sawmills and flourmills all coalesced.
(Submitted on November 18, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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