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Helena in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Caretaker's Cabin

Helena Historic District

 
 
Caretaker's Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
1. Caretaker's Cabin Marker
Inscription.  According to reminiscences of the Butts family, builders of the Pioneer Cabin next door, two cabins stood on this lot in 1865. William Davenport likely built one for his family and the William H. Parkinsons occupied the other. Sallie Davenport, later Mrs. A. J. Davidson, was eight when her family arrived from Missouri. She recalled that her cabin’s dirt roof “dripped for days” after a good rain. Twenty-year-old Jeannette Parkinson kept house in the other cabin. Her husband, a longtime steamboat pilot, was then fifty-three. Captain Parkinson turned to freighting and mining when he brought his young wife to Montana. The two tiny cabins served as interim housing and by 1875 had been incorporated into this single residence. Portions of the original log walls are still visible beneath the clapboard. By the mid-1880s, the dwelling marked the southern edge of Helena’s low-rent red light district, where a motley assortment of cabins and cribs stretched from here north to Wall Street. The former house of ill repute was rehabilitated for the caretaker of the Pioneer Cabin.
 
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 35.093′ N, 112° 2.591′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of South Park Avenue and Reeder's Alley on South Park Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 South Park Avenue, Helena MT 59601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneer Cabin on Last Chance Gulch (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Reeder's Alley (a few steps from this marker); "The Pioneer Cabin" (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Reeder's Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Reeder's Alley Survived the Test of Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone House at Reeder's Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Morelli Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
Caretaker's Cabin and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
2. Caretaker's Cabin and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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