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

Taber Residence

Forsyth Residential Historic District

 
 
Taber Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. Taber Residence Marker
Inscription.  Civil engineer Charles Taber helped survey the original Northern Pacific line through Forsyth in 1881. He must have liked what he saw because he soon returned to Forsyth, becoming the town’s first mayor after it incorporated in 1904. Taber purchased this two-story Queen Anne style home in 1906, living here with his family into the 1930s. The cross-gable residence, built circa 1892, features bay windows, turned porch supports, carved porch brackets, and a small spindlework frieze. Railroads brought such precut architectural elements to towns along their tracks, allowing builders to personalize homes for their clients. The interior boasts a narrow, sharply curved wooden staircase that, according to local legend, came from a steamboat that wrecked on the Yellowstone River. Very few boats traveled the Yellowstone after the Northern Pacific completed its railroad line in 1883, but the staircase does, in fact, look like those found in nineteenth-century steamboats. The 1870s saw at least two steamboat wrecks on the Yellowstone, and thrifty Montanans always salvaged what they could from the wreckage, from freight and machinery to building materials.
Taber Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. Taber Residence and Marker

 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 16.107′ N, 106° 40.688′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is at the intersection of North 11th Avenue and River Street, on the right when traveling north on North 11th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 309 North 11th Avenue, 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. 310 North Eleventh Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Edwards Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); F.V.H. Collins Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); 241 North Eleventh Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); E.A. Richardson Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lida Parker Residence (about 400 feet away); Wilson Residence (about 400 feet away); Northway Residence (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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