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Wibaux in Wibaux County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Wibaux House

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
1. Wibaux House Marker
Inscription.  Pierre Wibaux, scion of a distinguished French textile family, arrived here at the settlement of Mingusville in 1883, establishing a cattle ranch about 12 miles north. His herds fared well during the devastating “Hard Winter of 1886-1887,” after which he borrowed family money to buy out less fortunate ranchers. By the mid-1890s, his ranch was one of the largest cattle operations in the nation, running about 65,000 head of cattle and 300 of horses. He sold from 3,000 to 9,000 cattle each year. Wibaux and others persuaded the Northern Pacific Railroad to build stockyards here in 1883, and to enlarge them in 1894. Wibaux campaigned to have Mingusville platted and renamed for him, both of which occurred in 1894. Two years previously, he and Henry Boice of the Berry- Boice Cattle Company had built this office/residence. Wibaux soon took it over completely, and used it during the week to oversee his business interests. The building faced north until W. A. Orgain, a local merchant, purchased the property in 1903 and moved the building to the rear and facing west. Originally it was surrounded by a lush park of grass and arbored vines tended
Wibaux House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
2. Wibaux House and Marker
by a French gardener, the water for irrigation and two artificial ponds supplied by an elevated tank filled by a windmill.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestrySettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 59.211′ N, 104° 11.212′ W. Marker is in Wibaux, Montana, in Wibaux County. Marker is on Orgain Avenue near Drake Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Orgain Avenue, Wibaux MT 59353, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pierre Wibaux (within shouting distance of this marker); Wibaux Commercial Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Clark Hardware Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smith Saloon (about 300 feet away); St. Peter's Catholic Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Welcome to Dinosaur Country (approx. 0.4 miles away); Join the Voyage of Discovery (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Pierre Wibaux (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wibaux.
 
Wibaux House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
3. Wibaux House
Drake Livery Stable with local brands affixed to the outside. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
4. Drake Livery Stable with local brands affixed to the outside.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 27 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 26, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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