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

Reeder's Alley

Helena Historic District

 
 
Reeder's Alley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
1. Reeder's Alley Marker
Inscription.  Pennsylvania brick mason Louis Reeder came to Helena in 1867 to practice his trade. Reeder invested in real estate and among his properties were these lots along the steep hillside of West Cutler Street. Between 1875 and 1884 Reeder constructed a series of apartments and bunkhouses offering single miners a comfortable alternative to log cabin accommodations. The simple masonry provided permanence and resistance to fire, a menace that plagued the early community. The complex included some thirty-five housing units in a collection of stone and brick buildings, including an existing log cabin Reeder ingeniously incorporated into the largest structure. The area was already known as Reeder’s Alley when Reeder died after a fall in 1884. The miners moved on, but over the years tenants remained mostly single and male. Twenty-three pensioners lived at Reeder’s Alley in 1961 when these buildings were rescued from demolition and rehabilitation begun. The narrow alleyway and closely spaced buildings nestled against the slope of Mount Helena today comprise the town’s most complete remaining block of the territorial period.
 
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 35.099′ N, 112° 2.61′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on Reeder's Alley near South Park Avenue. Reeder's Alley is limited to foot-traffic only. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 Reeder's Alley, 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. "The Pioneer Cabin" (here, next to this marker); Reeder's Alley Survived the Test of Time (a few steps from this marker); Morelli Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Reeder's Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone House at Reeder's Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Caretaker's Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Cabin on Last Chance Gulch (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
Reeder's Alley and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
2. Reeder's Alley and Marker
Reeder's Alley image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
3. Reeder's Alley
Reeder's Alley image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
4. Reeder's Alley
 
 
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 129 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 3, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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