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

Miles City Main Street Historic District

Main Street Historic District

 
 
Miles City Main Street Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. Miles City Main Street Historic District Marker
Inscription.  The Main Street historic district reveals Miles City’s major growth periods of 1882-1887, 1905-1920, and 1935- 1940. The first of these began with the arrival of the Northern Pacific in 1881, when imposing brick business blocks began to replace the wooden, false-front buildings of the town’s beginnings. Architect Byron Vreeland designed many of these buildings, favoring the late-Victorian period vertical lines. This boom ended with the “Hard Winter of 1886-1887" that decimated range cattle herds, ruining stockmen and the businesses that served them. The second growth period was spurred by the arrival of the Chicago, St. Paul and Milwaukee Railroad in 1907 and by the homestead boom of the region, for which Miles City served as social and business center. Local architects Brynjulf and David Rivenes, and Charles S. Haire and John G. Link of Helena, now shaped downtown Miles City’s appearance, with light-colored, formal, and symmetrical designs. This growth period ended with the 1920's agricultural depression. As the subsequent Great Depression began to lift, Main Street again began to see new construction, with Art Deco and Moderne enriching
Miles City Main Street Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. Miles City Main Street Historic District Marker
The marker is behind (to the right of) the flagpole.
the mixture of architectural styles.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. 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° 24.368′ N, 105° 50.989′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is on Main Street (Business Interstate 94) near South 6th Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker is in Memorial Park near the gazebo. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 604 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. Kenney Block (Montana Saloon) (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Redd's Brick Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commercial Block (about 400 feet away); The Olive Hotel (about 400 feet away); City Hall and Fire Station (about 500 feet away); Jackson Block (about 700 feet away); The Horse Nation and Native People (about 700 feet away); Early Horse History (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
Miles City Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
3. Miles City Veterans Memorial
This Memorial Is dedicated to those men and women veterans from this area who served our country in times of peace and war, and especially to those who gave there lives in that service from 1877 to present.
 
 
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 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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