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Forsyth in Rosebud County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Forsyth Residential Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
1. Forsyth Residential Historic District Marker
Inscription.  Founded for the railroad, Forsyth’s residential neighborhoods were platted in 1882 but much of the land lay undeveloped until the 1900s. Forsyth’s first-generation homes were simple dwellings rapidly constructed of wood or log to serve the immediate needs of the railroad workers who were Forsyth’s first residents. The historic district northeast of the commercial area was home to many of these. By the 1890s, however, the railroad crews had moved on, the population had become more diverse, and the town was more settled. The landmark vernacular Gothic style Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1890, represents this earliest period of permanent development. A few carpenter-built American foursquare and gable-front-and-wing cottages survive from the 1890s. These dwellings follow the national folk housing trends of the era. Builders and owners added distinctive details such as bay windows, small dormers, and porches, lending each home a distinct personality. As Forsyth residents prospered, fashionable Queen Anne style residences began to lend prestige to the neighborhood. After 1901, domestic building styles became more varied when pattern books made
Forsyth Residential Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
2. Forsyth Residential Historic District Marker
the latest architectural plans widely available. Forsyth enjoyed rapid growth and new prosperity in the first decades of the 1900s. Stylish Colonial Revival homes and Craftsman bungalows reflect the optimism of the homestead era. Today the historic district is a dynamic mix of these later elements interspersed with the earlier carpenter-built cottages. The quiet, inviting avenues personify the enthusiasm of hard-working citizens and early town boosters.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 16.073′ N, 106° 40.436′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is on Main Street near 13th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. The marker is in front of the Rosebud County Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Main Street, Forsyth MT 59327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Alexander, 1856-1918 (within shouting distance of this marker); Rosebud County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McCuistion Residence (about 300 feet away); Forsyth, MT
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(about 400 feet away); Beeman Residence (about 500 feet away); Blue Front Rooming House (about 500 feet away); Bland Residence (about 600 feet away); Meyerhoff Residence (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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