“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Red Lodge in Carbon County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Alderson House

Red Lodge Hi Bug Historic District

Alderson House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2021
1. Alderson House Marker
Inscription.  Over a quarter of the houses in the elite “Hi Bug” neighborhood were built between 1900 and 1901, including this one-and-one-half-story home, erected as a real estate investment by Red Lodge merchant Walter R. Hall and his wife Louisa. After leasing it briefly, Red Lodge Picket owner and editor Walter Alderson and his wife Anna purchased the home, where they lived for twenty-four years. Sometime before 1907 they added an open front porch. Upwind from the coal mines and separated from the railroad depot by the city’s first park, the Aldersons raised three children here. When Walter died in 1924 following a long illness, Anna lost the property. J. F. Montgomery, owner of the Golden Rule Store, purchased the residence in a sheriff’s sale in 1925. In the 1930s local contractor Leo Ranta was likely hired to update the house by enclosing the front porch and adding distinctive Craftsman style detailing. The tri-arched fascia over the sun porch and front door is a Ranta hallmark. Though rare in this neighborhood, the design elements are found on homes throughout Red Lodge.
Erected by Montana Historical Society
Alderson House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2021
2. Alderson House and Marker
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 45° 11.429′ N, 109° 14.909′ W. Marker is in Red Lodge, Montana, in Carbon County. Marker is on Hauser Avenue North near 7th Street West, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 313 Hauser Avenue North, Red Lodge MT 59068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peters House (here, next to this marker); Sichler-Davis House (within shouting distance of this marker); McCleary House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robbins House (about 400 feet away); Nutting Rental (about 400 feet away); Talmage/Crockett House (about 400 feet away); Labor Temple (about 500 feet away); Pippinger House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red Lodge.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Jan. 26, 2023