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Billings in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Losekamp Block

Billings Old Town Historic District

 
 
Losekamp Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
1. Losekamp Block Marker
Inscription.  John Losekamp brought boots and shoes to Billings by mule train in 1882, when a cluster of tents and a few log cabins defined the business district. The pioneer merchant purchased this lot around 1890, constructing a two- story brick business block by 1894. The building’s second story still looks much as it did originally. Its spirited design features a bracketed metal cornice, a decorative brick frieze with circular medallions and cream brick diamonds, raised brick accents, and embellished window heads. As Billings grew, so did Losekamp’s business, and in 1907, he advertised himself as a “men’s outfitter.” Known for his willingness to offer area cowboys credit, he sold “ranch supplies, clothing, trunks, shoes, valises.” An avid sportsman, Losekamp planted the first trout in Beartooth Lake, imported Chinese pheasants for bird hunting and, as state representative, supported enactment and enforcement of game laws. Almost entirely self-educated, he also helped pass the law establishing free county high schools. He generously supported higher education as well; when he died in 1913, he left a third of his estate to Billings
Losekamp Block and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
2. Losekamp Block and Marker
The marker is below the neon sign.
Polytechnic (later Rocky Mountain College.)
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 45° 46.857′ N, 108° 30.346′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on Montana Avenue (Business Interstate 90) near North 29th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2817 Montana Avenue, Billings MT 59101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Losekamp Building - 1903 (a few steps from this marker); The Parmly Billings Library - 1901 (a few steps from this marker); J.K. Ralston Cabin-Studio (within shouting distance of this marker); An Automobile at the Cigar Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Clark Hotel - 1928 (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederick Billings (within shouting distance of this marker); Billings' First Bank - 1883 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chapple Drug Store - 1893 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
 
Losekamp Block, visible in the background image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
3. Losekamp Block, visible in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 1, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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