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

Walrond and Elizabeth Snell House

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. Walrond and Elizabeth Snell House Marker
Inscription.  Log cabins and canvas tents lined Miles City’s Main Street when Walrond Snell and William Ladd opened their crockery business in the late 1870s. Snell sold his interests in 1883, returning to his native England to marry his sweetheart, Elizabeth Carter. Meanwhile, Ladd commissioned Miles City’s only architect, Bryon Vreeland, to build this home on Lake Street. The original T-shaped dwelling, the first brick home east of the railroad tracks, stood in the empty prairie. While Ladd continued in business, Snell returned with his bride to take up sheep ranching. He became a prominent stockman and contributor to Montana’s wool industry. In 1891, Snell purchased his former partner’s home. The Snells moved to town so their six children could attend school. Elizabeth Snell was the first local music and piano teacher, and the family moved in the most elite social circles. Snell served the community in a variety of civic capacities. He was director of the First National Bank, a county commissioner, and a founder of the Custer County Building Association. In the 1910s, the Snells expanded their home with an addition at the rear, which featured newly available
Walrond and Elizabeth Snell House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. Walrond and Elizabeth Snell House and Marker
plate glass windows and a stylish wraparound porch. A central Gothic pavilion, French Second Empire arched windows, and stepped triangle brickwork in the gable are distinctive hallmarks of Vreeland’s original plans. Significant for its association with the prominent Snell family, this charming home is equally important as the last surviving example of Vreeland’s once-popular central pavilion design.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
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° 24.267′ N, 105° 50.288′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is at the intersection of South Lake Street (Avenue) and Dickinson Street, on the right when traveling north on South Lake Street (Avenue). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 South Lake Street (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. Graves Funeral Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Cresap/Smart House (approx. ¼ mile away); Pope House (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas and Beulah Shore Residence (approx. ¼ mile away); Harry J. Horton Residence
Walrond and Elizabeth Snell House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
3. Walrond and Elizabeth Snell House
(approx. ¼ mile away); Foster House (approx. ¼ mile away); Miles City East Main Street Residential Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); 2008 Main Street (approx. 0.3 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 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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