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

221 Spencer Street

Helena South-Central Historic District

 
 
221 Spencer Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 16, 2021
1. 221 Spencer Street Marker
Inscription.  Jacob T. Gove, a miner and assayer, developed the Bonanza Chief gold mine near Montana City in 1883, netting over $9,000 from three carloads of ore. With his small fortune, he opened an assay office, built the house next door at 229 for his family, and this brick home as a rental property. Residential land was in short supply during Helena’s heady 1880s, as evidenced by the proximity of the north neighbor. Attorney J. M. Clements, later a well-known district court judge, lived here in 1889. The Goves lived here from 1890 until 1891 when they sold both houses to Julia Otto for $5,000. Mrs. Otto lived next door with boarders and rented this house to tenants, including office clerks, cooks, and in 1900, bartender John Milch and his wife Ida. In 1914, German immigrant William E. Mundt purchased both houses. Mundt worked for the A. M. Holter Hardware Co. for fifty years. He applied stucco to the brick walls, most likely following Helena’s devastating October 1935 earthquakes. Although stucco covers the original brick, the tall windows and interior fir floors are original.
 
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 34.913′ N, 112° 2.214′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on Spencer Street near Pine Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 221 Spencer Street, 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. 229 Spencer (a few steps from this marker); English House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ingram House (within shouting distance of this marker); Koch House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Helena South-Central Historic District (about 400 feet away); Joseph K. Toole House (about 400 feet away); Henry Blase House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 17-19 South Rodney Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
221 Spencer Street Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 16, 2021
2. 221 Spencer Street Residence and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 13, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 13, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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