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

408 East Park Avenue

Anaconda Commercial Historic District

408 East Park Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
1. 408 East Park Avenue Marker
Inscription.  Anaconda Copper Mining Company carpenter Daniel R. Beck built this small brick building in 1896. He lived in one half and rented out the other half. Beck was an early resident of Anaconda, arriving in 1883 when it was still a hodgepodge of shacks and tents. After Beck died in 1901, the building housed an ever-changing array of tenants and businesses. Irish widow Margaret Crews operated a dressmaking shop in 1905 and 1906. Patrick C. Reagan ran a barber shop from 1908 to 1909 when he left Anaconda to pursue gold mining at Pike’s Peak, Colorado. Greek cook Gus Olanes opened the Plaza Café in 1917 with the slogan, “Good Food Makes Good Health.” In 1921, Olanes paid waitresses $17.50 a week (Union waitresses made $22.50). A large T-bone steak with potatoes, bread and butter, and coffee or milk cost sixty cents. Croatian Paul Kriskov operated a café here from 1923 to 1930. Kriskov’s enormous menu offered steaks and chops, fish, Truzzolino’s tamales, chile con carne, and upscale entrées. Breaded veal cutlets with new potatoes in cream cost fifty cents.
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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° 7.715′ N, 112° 56.886′ W. Marker is in Anaconda, Montana, in Deer Lodge County. Marker is on East Park Avenue (State Highway 1) near Cedar Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 408 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. Schmidt Plumbing (here, next to this marker); Imperial Meat Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Barich Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Thorsen Brothers Grocery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); MacCallum and Cloutier Block (about 300 feet away); Anaconda City Hall (about 300 feet away); (Anaconda) Commercial Historic District (about 400 feet away); 321 East Third Street (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anaconda.
408 East Park Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. 408 East Park Avenue Marker
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 156 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Dec. 11, 2023