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

Miles City East Main Street Residential Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. Miles City East Main Street Residential Historic District Marker
Inscription.  The development of this elegant residential neighborhood reflects Miles City's second growth spurt in the early twentieth century. Although the population of this "cowtown" waned between 1890 and 1905, the advent of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad in 1908 and the 1909 Enlarged Homestead Act brought a resurgence of energy and an influx of new residents. The need for more housing generated a construction boom, lasting into the 1920s, which focused upon this heretofore unimproved area. Speculators, contractors, and homebuilders favored this quieter area where individualism could be expressed through architecture. Sweeping lawns and streets lined with elm, cottonwood, and green ash trees complement the cottages and foursquares in Craftsman, Prairie, Mission, and Classical Revival styles that unify this dignified neighborhood. Occasional Queen Anne, Dutch Colonial Revival, and other styles add a pleasing diversity. Plan books offered contractors and builders like Carl Anderson, O. M. Lanphear, and N. P. Nelson stylish and less expensive designs for potential homeowners. Even so, the district embraces many of the area's most architecturally
Miles City East Main Street Residential Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. Miles City East Main Street Residential Historic District Marker
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significant homes, revealing the talents of such prominent architects as Charles S. Haire, Brynjulf Rivenes, and Casper Strom. It is this unique blending of styles and craftsmen that conveys the prosperity, optimism, and importance of Miles City during this period of expansion.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 24.498′ N, 105° 50.174′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 59) near South Jordan Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1918 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 (a few steps from this marker); Harry J. Horton Residence (a few steps from this marker); Rinehart House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pope House (within shouting distance of this marker); 2008 Main Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Graves Funeral Home (about 400 feet
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away); Dr. Gray Residence (about 400 feet away); Coleman Residence (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
 
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 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 5, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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