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

610 1st Avenue West

West Side Historic District

 
 
610 1st Avenue West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. 610 1st Avenue West Marker
Inscription.  A built-in china cabinet with access from two rooms, a bird’s-eye maple floor in the dining room, a breakfast nook with a simple round arch, and an early dishwasher made this stylish 1905 Queen Anne style residence a haven for entertaining. A cross-gabled plan, decorative shingle siding, a pedimented porch, and native rock basement highlight the structure’s façade. Throughout the years the home was owned and rented by several prominent citizens who entertained frequently, capitalizing on this distinctive architectural design. Assistant Secretary of the State Senate Xerxes Kemp Stout rented here in 1905. Stout administered the oath of office to his uncle, Joseph K. Toole, Montana’s first governor. In 1913, State Senator Sidney Butler, the “father of Flathead County,” leased the dwelling. The longest residing occupant, Dr. Locious A. Harris, purchased the home in 1924 and added steam heat to the attached garage so that in the winter his car would start quickly in medical emergencies. The Harris’ daughter Bernice lived here until 1981.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
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610 1st Avenue West Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. 610 1st Avenue West Residence and Marker
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureGovernment & PoliticsScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.549′ N, 114° 18.795′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Avenue West and 6th Street East, on the right when traveling south on 1st Avenue West. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 610 1st 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. Pierce Residence (a few steps from this marker); McAllester House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rostad House (about 400 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); West Side Historic District (about 400 feet away); Walker Residence (about 400 feet away); Elmer Sonstelie Residence (about 400 feet away); Jones House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 27, 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 27, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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