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

McAllester House

West Side Historic District

 
 
McAllester House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. McAllester House Marker
Inscription.  Carpenters Hiram Seeley and William Kelsey built this front-gabled farmhouse on speculation in 1909 and lived here briefly as they finished the interior. The frame two-story house recalls the rural character of the area, when the home sat alone on the block. Stables behind and across the alley contributed to the pastoral landscape. In 1910, bartender James Coleman purchased the home. Coleman, who owned the Pastime Bar and the National Hotel’s saloon during the 1910s, had a stormy residency in Kalispell. In 1912, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union circulated petitions against his business and police arrested him almost daily for operating a saloon across from the YMCA. The judge ruled, however, that Coleman had a right to operate the business. Upon Prohibition in 1918, Coleman left Montana. In 1923, Bradley R. and Ella McAllester purchased the house. McAllester was a respected civic leader, an advocate for farmers, and the longtime manager of the Equity Supply Company. The McAllesters’ farm-like setting remained pristine until after 1927 when new homes began to appear on the block
 
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McAllester House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. McAllester House and Marker
Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceWomen. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.524′ N, 114° 18.867′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue West near 6th Street West, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 619 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. Elmer Sonstelie Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); West Side Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Walker Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Metcalf House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pierce Residence (about 300 feet away); 610 1st Avenue West (about 300 feet away); Lee/O'Neil House (about 400 feet away); Rostad House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  McAllester House - Flathead Beacon. In the early 1900s, Kalispell was still quite rural. Despite being a railroad division point, and a center for agriculture and timber, there were still plenty of wide open spaces. The home at
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619 Second Ave. W. proves the point, as it was the only house on the block when it was built in 1909. And its well-preserved farmhouse style architecture certainly fits, as the home was once surrounded by little more than nearby horse stables and open fields.
(Submitted on November 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. temperance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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