“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)

Walker Residence

West Side Historic District

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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Walker Residence Marker
Inscription.  The Kalispell Bee in 1903 described the newly completed residence of county clerk and recorder James Wiltse Walker as “one of the handsomest dwelling houses in the city.” A classic example of the Queen Anne style, typical architectural elements include an irregular plan, wraparound porch, varied siding, and recessed semicircular windows. The house, built by Cassius McCarty, featured nine rooms including a reception hall, maid’s room, fruit room, laundry, and pantry. There were six clothes closets, picture molding, dining room plate railings, a pocket door, a foundation of native rock, and a lawn beautifully landscaped with shrubbery and fruit trees. Walker, a former pharmacist later elected state treasurer, was an early automobile enthusiast. His eleven-year-old daughter, Phyllis, was reportedly the first child in Kalispell to learn to drive. Kalispell National Bank president Clifford B. Harris (1908-1914) and John Hogl of Kalispell Malting and Brewing Company (1914-1920) were subsequent owners. Then Sarah Ingraham, widow of the county sheriff, operated a popular boarding house here from 1920 to 1946. A single family residence again
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Walker Residence and Marker
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since 1964, spacious grounds and a carriage house complement this elegant turn-of-the-century home.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.558′ N, 114° 18.893′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue West, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 540 2nd 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. West Side Historic District (a few steps from this marker); McAllester House (within shouting distance of this marker); Elmer Sonstelie Residence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee/O'Neil House (about 400 feet away); 610 1st Avenue West (about 400 feet away); Pierce Residence (about 400 feet away); Metcalf House (about 500 feet away); 404 Second Avenue West (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Also see . . .  Carriage House, Walker Residence -- Flathead Beacon. On the afternoon of Oct. 13,
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
3. Walker Residence
the Kalispell Fire Department responded to a fire in the alley behind 540 Second Ave. W., the “Walker Residence,”...The Kalispell Fire Department courageously doused the flames and defended the nearby houses and garages. However, neither the fire department nor anyone else could prevent another “landmark” of Kalispell’s “back-alley” architecture from disappearing.
(Submitted on November 27, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
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By Flathead Beacon, October 15, 2014
4. The Carriage House
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 40 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 27, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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