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Anaconda in Deer Lodge County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Furst Block

Anaconda Commercial Historic District

 
 
Furst Block Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
1. Furst Block Marker
Inscription.  French immigrant and wealthy Deer Lodge Valley dairyman John Furst built this brick store and boardinghouse for $5,000 in 1895. Just steps away from Marcus Daly’s new bank and the fine Montana Hotel, the Furst Block fit in well amongst its high-style neighbors. The original street-level façade was richly decorated with cast-iron pilasters (still visible on the right and left). The well-preserved second story still reflects the type of elaborately patterned brickwork fashionable at the time. The J. T. Carroll Company, lumber manufacturers and dealers, and the Anaconda Business College were early first-floor tenants. Upstairs, Mrs. Radefeld let the rooms to “first-class gentleman.” Around 1900, Furst added a large two-story rear addition. While the first floor continued to house retail businesses, the second floor attracted non-traditional professionals. Tenants between 1900 and 1906 included astrologer Alexis Pfuhl, clairvoyants Madame Bell and Madame Yeteva, magnetic healer John Burtscher, and female osteopath Dr. Adele Allison. One of two licensed female doctors in town, Allison practiced medicine until her death in 1910. Goodfriend’s Clothing
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Company, a menswear store, occupied both storefronts from 1905 until the early 1930s.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 7.745′ N, 112° 57.128′ W. Marker is in Anaconda, Montana, in Deer Lodge County. Marker is on East Park Avenue (State Highway 1) near Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 East Park Avenue, Anaconda MT 59711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Weiss Block (a few steps from this marker); 119-125 East Park Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Marcus Daly & Company Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Pay Office Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Morse/Palace Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Parrot Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Jean Block/Smiths Building (about 300 feet away); Methodist Episcopal Church of Anaconda (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anaconda.
 
Furst Block image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
2. Furst Block
Furst Block image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
3. Furst Block
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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