“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Sanders in Treasure County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Sanders Gymnasium

Sanders Gymnasium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. Sanders Gymnasium Marker
Inscription.  A sense of community and a place to gather were essential in homesteading settlements like Sanders. In 1910, the area’s residents rallied together to build a club house on this site. Each donated $15 or its equivalent in labor, and the building, though crudely assembled, served for nearly thirty years. By the late 1930s, the club house was in disrepair. The Sanders School District wanted a facility that could double as a gymnasium serving Sanders Elementary School next door. A bond election secured funds and the old building was cleared away. Acclaimed regional architect John G. Link drew the plans while Billings contractor Steve Mercer won the bid at $3,500. The rustic exterior of rugged square-notched logs is a surprising contrast to the interior’s lofty ceiling of arched fir and polished hardwood floor. A basketball court, raised stage, built-in seating and state-of-the-art lighting reflected modern technologies despite a lack of indoor plumbing. A community dance christened the new hall and gymnasium on June 29, 1940. Sanders’ population began to dwindle and the school closed in 1948. It was later moved to Hysham, but the front gate and two-hole
Sanders Gymnasium and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. Sanders Gymnasium and Marker
privy remain part of the historic landscape. The hall continued to host dances, reunions, receptions, school plays, and rousing games. Local residents, including descendants of area homesteaders, have carefully refurbished this well-loved place. Its unassuming presence is a shining example of grand things that can be found in unexpected places.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsSports. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 46° 17.453′ N, 107° 6.119′ W. Marker is near Sanders, Montana, in Treasure County. Marker is on Old Highway 10 near Mackley Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 596 Old Highway 10 East, Sanders MT 59076, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Yellowstone Valley (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fort Pease (approx. 6.2 miles away); Yucca Theatre and David M. Manning Residence (approx. 6.2 miles away); Jedediah Smith (approx. 8.7 miles away); Hysham and Treasure County (approx. 8.7 miles away); a different marker also named Jedediah Smith (approx. 8.7 miles away); Howard School (approx. 9.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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