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

Holy Rosary Hospital

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. Holy Rosary Hospital Marker
Inscription.  A converted two-story house served as the county hospital in 1907, a year before the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad arrived in Miles City. With encouragement from the railroad, which needed a place to treat injured workers, the county decided to build a larger facility. The architectural firm of Link and Haire designed the thirty-five-bed hospital circa 1910. The building's trussed porticos reflect the era's popular Craftsman style. Its hipped roof and distinctive curvilinear parapet evoke the Mission style. Inspired by the Spanish missions, which were an important source of medical care in the early Southwest, the style was a popular choice for hospitals. Other Mission style hospital buildings include ones built in Helena and Missoula during the same era. The Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen, South Dakota, assumed management of the hospital shortly after its completion. Originally a teaching order, the Presentation Sisters entered nursing after a 1900 diphtheria epidemic, establishing hospitals in Aberdeen, Mitchell, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as well as in Miles City. As did other Presentation hospitals, Holy Rosary offered
Holy Rosary Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. Holy Rosary Hospital Marker
The marker is behind the tree to the right of the entrance.
a nursing certificate within a year of its opening. The 1918 influenza epidemic increased support for the hospital, allowing the sisters, who had purchased the building from the county in 1919, to expand their operation. Link and Haire designed the compatible, flat-roofed annex. Built in 1922, it boasted modern medical and surgical units and increased the number of available beds to eighty-five. The Presentation Sisters managed the hospital through drought, depression, and war, before constructing a new hospital in 1948.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable BuildingsScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 24.677′ N, 105° 50.126′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is on North Jordan Avenue near Clark Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 310 North Jordan Avenue, 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. Rinehart House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Gray Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); 2008 Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miles City East Main Street Residential Historic District
Holy Rosary Hospital image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
3. Holy Rosary Hospital
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Foster House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anderson Bungalow (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harry J. Horton Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pope House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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