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

McAusland House

Carriage House Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. McAusland House Marker
Inscription.  Nestled amidst grand Queen Anne style houses is this early folk residence. The wooden home, constructed for Scottish immigrant John McAusland, appears on an 1883 bird’s-eye map of Miles City. A steeply pitched side-gable roof and a small dormer dominate the home’s façade. Originally, the dormer likely framed a door that led to the roof of a full-length front porch. The main part of the house is one-and-one-half stories; the kitchen is under a separate, one-story roof. This plan was common in the 1800s. Placing the kitchen under separate roof minimized fire risk. Bucket brigades could more easily reach a one-story roof, perhaps saving the rest of the house in case of a kitchen fire. The design also provided good ventilation, a boon during hot summers. McAusland arrived in Miles City from Deadwood, Dakota Territory, in 1882. In 1886, he was named postmaster, an appointment that reflects political connections. The plum patronage position paid $1,800 annually (equivalent to approximately $37,000 today). In later years, he worked as a clerk. He still lived here with his daughter in 1914.
 
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McAusland House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. McAusland House and Marker
list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 24.603′ N, 105° 50.786′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is on Palmer Street near North 11th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1013 Palmer 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. Alderson House (a few steps from this marker); 1005 Palmer (within shouting distance of this marker); Emmanuel Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennie / Howe House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ulmer House (about 500 feet away); Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); Carriage House Historic District (about 500 feet away); Furstnow House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 3, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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