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

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

Houston/Parker House

East Side Historic District

Houston/Parker House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Houston/Parker House Marker
Inscription.  According to its abstract of title, in 1909 this home was moved to Kalispell from Demersville, four miles away. Dr. William Taylor, a local surgeon, physician, and county coroner, owned the property by 1910. He traded houses and medical practices with Whitefish physician Dr. Hugh E. Houston in 1914. Dr. Houston, whose wife was tragically killed in a hunting accident in 1913, settled here with his three small daughters and second wife. The Houstons added the porch, kitchen, and dining room at the rear of the house, and Dr. Houston’s medical office was in a downstairs bedroom. In 1927, William Parker purchased the property and gave it to his beloved wife, Mable, as a Christmas present. Parker was a world traveler whose profession as a refinery builder brought him to Kalispell in 1921. In time the home passed to the Parkers’ children and finally to William and Mable’s granddaughter, who retains ownership into the twenty-first century. Narrow clapboard siding, Tuscan columns, and distinctive twin-gabled dormers make the house comfortable among its vintage contemporaries in this historic neighborhood.
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Houston/Parker House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Houston/Parker House and Marker
The marker is just behind the picket fence.
Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.611′ N, 114° 18.433′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 3rd Avenue East near 6th Street East, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 604 3rd 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. Madison S. Love Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Iseminger/Graham House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dunsire House (about 300 feet away); Peterson House (about 400 feet away); McGovern/Karcher House (about 400 feet away); Dr. Albert Brassett Residence (about 400 feet away); 520 Fourth Avenue East (about 400 feet away); Gilbert Gilbertson House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Also see . . .  Houston/Parker House -- Flathead Beacon. The house at 604 Third Ave. E. in Kalispell may appear unassuming nowadays. But it marks a bold time in local history, when the steamboat ceded to the railroad, and Demersville ceded
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to Kalispell... Like some of its early residents, the house on Third Avenue East wasn’t originally from Kalispell. It was built in Demersville and later moved to Kalispell – just like many early settlers.
(Submitted on November 20, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 20, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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