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

Ferguson House

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Ferguson House Marker
Inscription.  A pattern book likely provided the plans for this charming American four-square cottage built by Great Northern Railroad employee Frederick Ferguson. A boilermaker by trade, Ferguson immigrated to Chicago from his native England and became a United States citizen in 1875. Ferguson built this residence before 1897 where he lived with his wife, Elsie, and her son. When the Great Northern Railroad moved to Whitefish in 1904, Ferguson also relocated there but retained this Kalispell property as a rental. When Ferguson died in 1925, the property remained a rental under family ownership until 1971. One early tenant was Civil War veteran captain James D. Eaton, who rented the home from Ferguson from 1905 until circa 1910. Eaton was organizer of the Montana National Guard’s Company H which served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. During that time Eaton was inspector general of Montana. Over the years other tenants included a saloon proprietor, a landscape gardener, a painter, and a sheet metal worker. This modest residence is exceptional for its excellent preservation and retention of original Queen Anne style details. Turned porch
Ferguson House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Ferguson House and Marker
supports, a sun ray patterned pediment, decorative shinglework, and arched gable window are a delightful legacy of the Victorian era. These features along with original interior wood floors and woodwork reveal the extraordinary care of discerning landlords and tenants during its long use as a rental home.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.659′ N, 114° 19.116′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 4th Avenue West near 4th Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 4th Avenue 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. Edward Gay House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waggener & Campbell Funeral Home (about 800 feet away); 404 Second Avenue West (about 800 feet away); Baber/Jaquette House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Walker Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boyd's Shop
Ferguson House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
3. Ferguson House
(approx. 0.2 miles away); West Side Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee/O'Neil House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Ferguson House -- Flathead Beacon. Today, it’s an historical home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Yet when it was built sometime around 1897, this cottage was a hallmark of the latest Queen Anne style during its height of popularity in the United States. (Submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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