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

Graves Funeral Home

Miles City Main Street Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. Graves Funeral Home Marker
Inscription.  Cabinet and furniture makers also made caskets, and so the two businesses often went hand in hand. Furniture dealer James E. Graves purchased H. C. Plimpton’s long-established furniture and undertaking business in the 1920s. In 1929, Graves moved the mortuary end of his business to this newly constructed facility. Casper Strom, a prolific architect then new to the community, designed the striking Mission style building. Graves likely chose the style. Although unusual for Strom, it is one of his most successful accomplishments. The balanced façade features arches, porticos, curved parapets, and a decorative urn and pendants. These elements, reminiscent of a mission church, are visually appropriate for the building’s function. The combination funeral home and upstairs apartments also blends well with the character of the neighborhood. The spacious, formally landscaped lawn, then as now, adds to the residential ambience. The upstairs apartments accommodated nine households including the owners, their employees, and in 1930, county superintendent of schools Jessie McCoy. The business has changed hands several times since the 1930s, but the building
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. Graves Funeral Home and Marker
retains its historic integrity and associated use.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 24.498′ N, 105° 50.275′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 59) and South Lake Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1806 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. Pope House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Foster House (about 400 feet away); Cresap/Smart House (about 400 feet away); Miles City East Main Street Residential Historic District (about 400 feet away); Harry J. Horton Residence (about 500 feet away); Kelly Residence (about 500 feet away); Rinehart House (about 500 feet away); 2008 Main Street (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
Graves Funeral Home image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
3. Graves Funeral Home
 
 
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 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 5, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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