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

610 North Twelfth Avenue

Forsyth Residential Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. 610 North Twelfth Avenue Marker
Inscription.  Standing just outside the original town site, this two-story home is believed to be one of the first residences constructed so close to the Yellowstone River. It was a dangerous place to build since despite early dikes, the river was still prone to floods. The concrete block foundation of this wooden home dates its construction to around 1906, after local mason Carson Conn had begun manufacturing the “pressed stone building material,” which he “guaranteed against frost and dampness.” Although several local buildings used the material in their foundations, only two Forsyth homes prominently feature the decorative concrete blocks. These were built by E. A. Richardson, founder of the Richardson Mercantile, and his nephew and employee E. A. Cornwell. Hal Withington, who is believed to have built this home, may well have learned about the technology from them. He worked with both men as manager of the Richardson Mercantile’s grocery department.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings
610 North Twelfth Avenue Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. 610 North Twelfth Avenue Residence and Marker
. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 16.282′ N, 106° 40.761′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is at the intersection of Willow Street and North 12th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Willow Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. 542 North Twelfth Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Sorenson Residence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meredith Residence (about 600 feet away); Bachelors Club (about 600 feet away); 474 North Thirteenth Avenue (about 700 feet away); 411 North Twelfth Avenue (about 700 feet away); E.A. Cornwell Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); F.V.H. Collins Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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