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Glendive in Dawson County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Henry Dion Building

Merrill Avenue Historic District

 
 
Henry Dion Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
1. Henry Dion Building Marker
Inscription.  Fancy arches and other fine detailing highlight the façade of this commercial building, constructed as an investment in 1905 by pioneer Henry Dion. The outer walls are of softer, locally produced “Glendive brick” while quality imported brick covers the façade. In 1907, during Dion’s term as mayor, Glendive’s first water plant was constructed and water was piped to users in wooden mains. Dion constructed a two-story frame addition, providing his commercial and residential tenants with running water and bathroom facilities. Historic maps show the post office and a print shop, equipped with a noisy “hit-and-miss” one-cylinder gasoline engine, as the original first-floor tenets. William Ryan operated a saloon here in 1912 and during the 1920s, this was Lee’s Pool Hall. Many a youngster received his first haircut on the raised platform in Lee’s front corner barbershop. Frederic Dion, later owner of the five family buildings in this block, remembers it as a “frightening experience.”
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Henry Dion Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
2. Henry Dion Building and Marker
The marker is on the left, above the trunk of the white automobile.
In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 47° 6.238′ N, 104° 42.817′ W. Marker is in Glendive, Montana, in Dawson County. Marker is on South Merrill Avenue near West Bell Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 South Merrill Avenue, Glendive MT 59330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dion Brothers Building (a few steps from this marker); Dion Building / Exchange Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); 107 West Bell Street (within shouting distance of this marker); J.C. Penney Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Dawson County World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Glendive, MT (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Price (about 500 feet away); First Methodist Episcopal Church and Parsonage (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendive.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 24 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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