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Fromberg in Carbon County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

John Gibson House

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2020
1. John Gibson House Marker
Inscription.  Norwegian-born immigrant John Gibson arrived in the Clarks Fork Valley at the turn of the twentieth century and soon opened brickyards in Fromberg and nearby Belfry. Gibson became one of the area’s most prominent contractors, constructing Fromberg’s first brick building, the I.O.O.F. Hall, in 1906. Gibson’s future, however, did not lie in bricks. When a competitor supplanted his company in 1909, the resolute contractor established a small concrete plant adjacent to this property. Here Gibson began to manufacture concrete block for building construction, sidewalk blocks, drain tile, flue liners, and fenceposts. By the 1910s, his patented culvert design was acclaimed the best on the market, and in 1914, Gibson supplied the concrete for the construction of the Fromberg Concrete Arch Bridge. To promote the use of concrete and demonstrate its viability in residential construction, Gibson built his own home of concrete block next to the factory circa 1909. It was, and still is, unique to Fromberg. Gibson subsequently enlarged the home and in 1929, tastefully remodeled it adding Craftsman style detailing. A gable-roofed front porch and extended eaves
John Gibson House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2020
2. John Gibson House and Marker
with exposed rafters add the characteristic elements of this popular style. Concrete lug sills and stucco with an unusual mixture of rock and colored glass reveal Gibson’s exceptionally fine craftsmanship.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 45° 23.513′ N, 108° 54.615′ W. Marker is in Fromberg, Montana, in Carbon County. Marker is on West River Street near Missouri Avenue North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 West River Street, Fromberg MT 59029, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel and Jennie Greenblatt Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Theodore J. Benson House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fromberg Methodist-Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); Northern Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Monument to Carbon County: The Fromberg Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pryor Mountains (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Pryor Mountains and Raptor Country (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Corey House (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fromberg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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