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

Roysdon House

Red Lodge Hi Bug Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2021
1. Roysdon House Marker
Inscription.  Real estate speculation abounded after the Northern Pacific Railroad constructed a branch line to Red Lodge to take advantage of the area's rich coal deposits. In 1891 Nathan Smethurst purchased this lot for $36, selling it for a profit the same day. The lot sold again in 1896, and a fourth time in 1899, this time to Andrew Chapman, who constructed this one-and-one-half-story duplex as an investment property. Two front dormers and a full-length front porch distinguish the façade of the hipped roofed residence. The current porch was added in the extensive renovation completed in 2009.  Builders placed the kitchens at the back of the house under a separate, single-story roof, a common nineteenth-century practice to minimize fire risk. Bucket brigades could more easily reach a one-story roof, perhaps saving the main house in case of a kitchen fire. Morris and Keziah Roysdon purchased the home in 1909, only a year before Keziah died, leaving eight children between the ages of five and twenty. The owner of a livery stable and then a lumberyard, Morris lived here until 1931.
 
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Roysdon House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2021
2. Roysdon House and Marker
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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. 45° 11.551′ N, 109° 14.917′ W. Marker is in Red Lodge, Montana, in Carbon County. Marker is on Hauser Avenue North near 5th Street West, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 517 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. Flager House (a few steps from this marker); Pierson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Robbins/Wiggenhorn House (within shouting distance of this marker); McDonald House (within shouting distance of this marker); McDowell House (within shouting distance of this marker); 612 North Hauser Avenue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Talmage/Crockett House (about 300 feet away); Pippinger 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 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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