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

Pope House

East Main Street Residential Historic District

 
 
Pope House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. Pope House Marker
Inscription.  A low-pitched hipped roof, an asymmetrical open front porch with massive square porch supports, clean lines, and wide overhanging eaves mark the two-story Pope residence as a classic example of the Prairie style. Builder Thomas Burton clad the residence in a new product called “Flex-O-Tile,” a substance that resembled stucco, but was said to be “more lasting ... practically indestructible—and fireproof.” Rancher G. B. Pope had the home built in 1917, and in 1920 his twenty-two-year-old son James, James’s twenty-three-year-old wife Helen, and James’s nineteen-year-old sister Frances all shared the residence. Banker and businessman Karl Johnson purchased the home from the Popes, but by 1930 he had sold it to John Johnson. An auto dealer and mechanic, Johnson strategically located his business on the Yellowstone Trail (the tourist route from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Yellowstone National Park). Not surprisingly, John was responsible for construction of the two-car garage behind the house. He and his wife Jacqueline lived here into the 1970s.
 
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Pope House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. Pope House and Marker
The marker is in front of the tree at the far left.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 24.497′ N, 105° 50.206′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 59) near South Custer Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1902 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. Foster House (within shouting distance of this marker); Miles City East Main Street Residential Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry J. Horton Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Rinehart House (within shouting distance of this marker); Graves Funeral Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2008 Main Street (about 400 feet away); Dr. Gray Residence (about 600 feet away); Cresap/Smart House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
Pope House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
3. Pope House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 5, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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