“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Billings in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

The Dude Rancher Lodge

The Dude Rancher Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
1. The Dude Rancher Lodge Marker
Inscription.  The number of motels in Billings grew rapidly as the national economy boomed after World War II. Millions of Americans took to the road on vacations and for business trips, creating a tremendous need for roadside accommodations. Among all the motels in the Magic City, the Dude Rancher Lodge was the most unique, incorporating the most modern amenities, yet also providing a link to the region’s Old West roots. Billings businessman Percy Goan and his wife Annabel worked with the well-known Billings architectural firm of Cushing and Terrell to develop a design that harkened back to the ranch houses of the Montana frontier. The design integrated bricks salvaged from the old St. Vincent’s Hospital and wood beams from a recently demolished milling company. The rustic Ranch style motel displays weeping brick mortar, full-length porches in the center parking area, and guest rooms with wood-paneled doors. Annabel Goan cleverly designed the interior, which features knotty pine paneling, decorative lampshades, custom-built western-style furniture, and carpeting with the brands of local ranchers who invested in the project. An added treat was The Stirrup
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coffee shop, which served mouth- watering meals in a western atmosphere. Completed in 1950, the Dude Rancher Lodge quickly became a local showcase and popular hostelry for people from all over Montana and the United States. Promoters promised that the “Spirit of the West was everywhere evident” at the Dude Rancher Lodge. The Goan family operated the Dude until 1990. It was, and still is under its second owner in 2010, Billings’ most distinctive motel.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 45° 47.087′ N, 108° 30.601′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on North 29th Street near 6th Avenue North, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 North 29th Street, 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. Austin North House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Billings Chamber of Commerce Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Babcock Theater (approx. 0.2 miles away); Electric Building (approx.
The Dude Rancher Lodge and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
2. The Dude Rancher Lodge and Marker
The marker is in the entrance way, behind the NO PARKING sign.
¼ mile away); Losekamp Block (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Parmly Billings Library - 1901 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Clark Hotel - 1928 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Billings' First Bank - 1883 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Dec. 10, 2023