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

Barich Block

Anaconda Commercial Historic District

 
 
Barich Block Marker missing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
1. Barich Block Marker missing
Inscription.  Austrian immigrant George Barich came to Anaconda from Butte in 1883 to work at the smelter. He later turned to commercial business and, in 1892, commissioned builders Daniel Dwyer and John Cosgrove to construct the first floor of this block. Barich opened a saloon in the building, which he operated until his retirement in 1910. Dwyer and Cosgrove added the block’s second story in 1893. Its fourteen offices were soon converted to bachelor rooms as single men flooded Anaconda’s boardinghouses during the booming 1890s. Barich came to play an important civic role as a founder of St. Peter’s Austrian Roman Catholic Church and as agent for the North German Lloyd Steamship Company. In this capacity he helped newly arrived Austrians find suitable housing, work at the smelter, and the companionship of fellow immigrants. The Barich Block, now a primary element of the historic commercial district, was independently listed on the National Register in 1983. The upper story retains its original design, featuring fine ornamental brickwork and granite trim.
 
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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° 7.71′ N, 112° 56.856′ W. Marker is in Anaconda, Montana, in Deer Lodge County. Marker is on East Park Avenue (State Highway 1) near Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 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. Imperial Meat Market (within shouting distance of this marker); 408 East Park Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Schmidt Plumbing (within shouting distance of this marker); Thorsen Brothers Grocery (within shouting distance of this marker); MacCallum and Cloutier Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Anaconda City Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wills Residence (about 500 feet away); 321 East Third Street (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anaconda.
 
Barich Block image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
2. Barich Block
The marker was located to the right of the blue entrance.
Old advertisment on the side of the Barich Block building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
3. Old advertisment on the side of the Barich Block building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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