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

F.V.H. Collins Residence

Forsyth Residential Historic District

 
 
F.V.H. Collins Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. F.V.H. Collins Residence Marker
Inscription.  In 1901, prosperous rancher Thomas Hammond built “a fine residence in Forsyth ... one of the architectural adornments of the city.” He and his wife, Adelaide, and their four children used the home as a town house until 1905. That year they sold the two-story, four-square residence to Fred and Jemima Collins. A prominent lawyer and real estate developer, Fred later made a fortune in coal and oil near Roundup. By 1910, the Collinses had added a one-story back addition and remodeled the front porch to create a jutting, prominent entryway. They changed the porch a second time before 1920 to feature a screened second-floor sleeping room and balustrade atop the second story. Decorative leaded glass, original fixtures, and a secret room behind the second-floor bathroom add interest to the home’s interior, as does a fireplace lined with river rocks. Local sources say that Jemima Collins collected the rocks herself, and that before bringing them inside, she placed them in a fire in the backyard to make sure they could stand the heat of a fireplace.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
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F.V.H. Collins Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. F.V.H. Collins Residence and Marker
This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 16.138′ N, 106° 40.717′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is at the intersection of North 11th Avenue and Park Street, on the right when traveling north on North 11th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 389 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. Edwards Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Taber Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); 310 North Eleventh Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Meredith Residence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 411 North Twelfth Avenue (about 400 feet away); E.A. Richardson Residence (about 400 feet away); E.A. Cornwell Residence (about 400 feet away); Lida Parker Residence (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 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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