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Butte in Silver Bow County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Napton

Butte National Historic Landmark District

 
 
The Napton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2021
1. The Napton Marker
Inscription.  A grand arched entryway topped by a wooden bracketed cornice and ornate iron rail welcomes visitors to the Napton. Because downtown apartment buildings were a hallmark of big cities like New York and Chicago, construction of the Napton Apartments in 1906 contributed to Butte’s image as a booming metropolis. Its construction also reflected investor confidence in Butte’s future, confidence justified by the over $3 million worth of building projects undertaken that year. Architect W. A. O’Brien designed and oversaw construction of the four-story, three-bay, forty-eight-unit apartment building. As expected, the Napton soon became home to members of Butte’s professional class from teachers and mining engineers to business owners and stenographers. Judge George M. Bourquin, who lived here from 1915 through 1939, was undoubtedly the Napton’s most renown resident. Appointed to the federal bench from 1912 to 1934, Bourquin was a courageous defender of individual civil liberties in the face of the mass hysteria that swept the country during World War I. His decisions, highly controversial at the time, upheld such rights as freedom of expression and protection
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Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureLaw EnforcementNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 0.884′ N, 112° 32.097′ W. Marker is in Butte, Montana, in Silver Bow County. Marker is on East Granite Street near North Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 East Granite Street, Butte MT 59701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hennessy Building (within shouting distance of this marker); 125 North Main (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lynching of Frank Little (about 300 feet away); 123 North Main Street (about 300 feet away); Forbis Block (about 300 feet away); Len Waters Music (about 300 feet away); Thornton Hotel (about 300 feet away); Tuttle Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Butte.
 
The Napton and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2021
2. The Napton and Marker
The marker is on the left side of the entrance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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