“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)

Boyd's Shop

Boyd's Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Boyd's Shop Marker
Inscription.  There were two businesses devoted to automobile repair in Kalispell in 1909, and seven blacksmiths. By 1915, the ratio was almost reversed. Mort Fuller and Harry Jones worked here in one of Kalispell’s three remaining blacksmith shops, while seven auto repair shops competed for business. Both men came to tragic ends. Fuller died in 1916 at age thirty-three. Jones was indigent when he died in 1934 from typhoid—likely acquired from eating refuse from the Billings dump. Paris Boyd owned the shop in 1934. His ghost sign still advertises “general blacksmithing and horseshoeing.” His son, Glen, who ran the business from 1936 to 1947, continued to offer “general blacksmithing,” as did his successor, James Schumach, who retired in the 1980s. However, survival in the automobile age required diversification: a second ghost sign advertises “welding, logging, tran repair.” Boyd’s Shop is one of the few remaining false-fronted buildings in Kalispell. Visual icons of the western frontier, false- fronted buildings are typically associated with the earliest period of settlement. False fronts added a touch of style to
Boyd's Shop and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Boyd's Shop and Marker
what were essentially utilitarian structures. They made buildings appear larger and communities appear more settled and sophisticated than they actually were. By the 1910s, when this building was constructed, the twenty- five-year-old City of Kalispell boasted a population of 12,000 and a Main Street lined by elegant brick business blocks. Thus, placing a false front on this building may have been a nostalgic comment on the part of the builders. In any case, it was entirely appropriate for the old-fashioned business within.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.835′ N, 114° 19.038′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 1st Street West near 3rd Avenue West, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 227 1st Street West, 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. Waggener & Campbell Funeral Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kalispell Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baber/Jaquette House (approx. 0.2 miles
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
3. Boyd's Shop
away); McIntosh Opera House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brewery Saloon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heller Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Main Street Commercial Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ferguson House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Also see . . .  Boyd’s Shop/Jimmy’s Welding -- Flathead Beacon. The building has witnessed the passing of the horse-and-buggy era, the dawn and modernization of the automobile, and the rest of the celebrations and calamities of the 20th century. (Submitted on November 22, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 24 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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