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Miles City in Custer County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Olive Hotel

 
 
The Olive Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. The Olive Hotel Marker
Inscription.  Since the 1880s, Miles City has been the trade, service, and social center for Eastern Montana ranchers. After its famed McQueen House burned down, town booster Joseph Leighton built the Leighton, 1898-1899, which became an area landmark. Within a few years his son Alvin took over and renamed it the Olive Hotel. When the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway arrived here in 1908, the thriving economy called for expansion of the Olive, including a three-story addition to the rear. Architect Brynjulf Rivenes designed the new façade, lobby, and the east addition. Now the Olive also housed a cafe, barber shop, cigar and curio stand, buffet, and sample rooms, where ranchers and commercial travelers met. Two fireproof, poured concrete garages built in 1908 and 1912 demonstrate the rising importance of the automobile. The Olive Hotel stands as a symbol of the effects of post- World War I depression on this region. When thousands of homesteaders lost their lands because of drought and falling grain prices, the Olive’s business declined noticeably by the mid-1920s.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series.
The Olive Hotel and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. The Olive Hotel and Marker
The marker is on the porch to the left of the entrance.
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 24.356′ N, 105° 51.092′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and North 5th Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Main Street, Miles City MT 59301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commercial Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Redd's Brick Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Horse History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Horse Nation and Native People (about 400 feet away); Photography (about 400 feet away); The Chappel Brothers Corporation (about 400 feet away); Riverside Park Steamboats (about 400 feet away); Miles City Main Street Historic District (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
The Olive Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
3. The Olive Hotel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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