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Red Lodge in Carbon County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Pierson House

Red Lodge Hi Bug Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2021
1. Pierson House Marker
Inscription.  Michigan-born attorney George Pierson and his wife Loretta moved to Red Lodge in 1894. Soon thereafter they purchased this lot, where they lived in a one-story cottage. After the Piersons decided to build this “Free Classic” Queen Anne style residence in 1903, C. C. Bowlen bought their original house and moved it a block south. The Piersons’ new eight-room home featured a Queen Anne style hipped-roof, cross-gabled plan and angled bay windows. It also had the decorative moldings and accented boxed eaves common to more classical styles. Unlike most married women of the era, Loretta worked outside the home as a teacher in 1910. In 1917, Charles and Meryl Draper purchased the house, which suited their prominent community position; Charles was a newspaper editor and publisher. In the 1970s, the house became infamous for its association with the “Red Lodge Five,” defendants in a notorious drug case. A fire, which according to local legend was set to destroy evidence, damaged the home. A 2004 remodel added the current two-story wraparound porch but carefully preserved traces of the fire that marked the original maple floors and staircase.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2021
2. Pierson 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° 11.535′ N, 109° 14.917′ W. Marker is in Red Lodge, Montana, in Carbon County. Marker is on Hauser Avenue North near 6th Street West, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 511 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. McDonald House (within shouting distance of this marker); Roysdon House (within shouting distance of this marker); Flager House (within shouting distance of this marker); Talmage/Crockett House (within shouting distance of this marker); Robbins/Wiggenhorn House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pippinger House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hasterlik House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McDowell House (about 300 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 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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