“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Butte in Silver Bow County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Paumie Block

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Paumie Block Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2021
1. Paumie Block Marker
Inscription.  Maria and Camille Paumie came to Montana from France in 1887. They constructed the west half of this building circa 1890, known as the Parisian House; its furnished rooms were rented out under various proprietors. The bottom floor was the Parisian Dye Works, a dye house and dry-cleaning business run by the Paumies who also lived in the building. Paumie’s was one of the town’s first steam dry-cleaners. Located on the fringe of Butte’s notorious red light district, much of Paumie’s cleaning business was with the prostitutes who worked and lived just to the east. The business expanded in 1898 with the addition of the east half of the building. Camille Paumie died in 1899 and Maria continued the business until the 1920s. Paumie’s Parisian Dye Works later had different owners who retained the Paumie name. The original three-story masonry building, with its fine cast-iron storefront and metal “eyebrow” lintels, appears much as it did in the late 1890s. A complex of interconnected extensions link this address with 110 S. Dakota.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
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is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 46° 0.709′ N, 112° 32.269′ W. Marker is in Butte, Montana, in Silver Bow County. Marker is on West Galena Street near South Dakota Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 58-60 West Galena 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. Original City Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Block (about 400 feet away); Butte Buick Company/Schumacher Building (about 400 feet away); Mayer Building (about 500 feet away); Walker's (about 500 feet away); Curtis Music Hall (about 500 feet away); Pekin Noodle Parlor (about 600 feet away); Wah Chong Tai Company Building and Mai Wah Noodle Parlors (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Butte.
Paumie Block and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2021
2. Paumie Block and Marker
The marker is to the left of the corner windows.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Apr. 19, 2024