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

Red Lodge Communal Mausoleum

Red Lodge Communal Mausoleum Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2021
1. Red Lodge Communal Mausoleum Marker
Inscription.  The Consolidated Mausoleum Company made the case for constructing a communal mausoleum in a full-page newspaper advertisement in 1921. “The present high state of civilization demands for the masses a more humane and sanitary method of taking care of the dead, than found in earth burial,” it asserted. Intrigued by the “opportunity … to sleep through eternity … secure against the ravages of time,” over 200 people subscribed to the project, and construction of the 232-crypt mausoleum began. Designed as a “time-defying” monument, the mausoleum’s architecture emphasizes strength and permanence. A simple, but massive temple front frames heavy bronze doors flanked by two enormous Tuscan columns. Alaskan marble lines the interior. The reinforced concrete walls, which taper from thirty-eight inches at the base to thirty inches at the top, appear indestructible. Durable and moisture-tight (prime prerequisites for a mausoleum intended to stand in perpetuity), reinforced concrete became accepted as a replacement for stone after 1900. The new inexpensive construction material made building large multiple crypt facilities economically feasible. At the same
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time, Progressive-era ideology was encouraging individuals to join together for community improvement. Thus, the communal mausoleum movement was born, placing above-ground entombment within financial reach of ordinary citizens. Nationwide, hundreds of communities joined the movement, but the Red Lodge Communal Mausoleum is only one of three identified in Montana. True to plan, the mausoleum housed Red Lodge citizens of all classes. Here lie wealthy businessmen, immigrant coal miners, and their families, entombed together “within the walls of one building … imposing and everlasting.”
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 45° 11.68′ N, 109° 15.674′ W. Marker is in Red Lodge, Montana, in Carbon County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 78, 0 miles north of Lower Continental Drive, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Davis House at Brewery Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hasterlik House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Robbins House
Red Lodge Communal Mausoleum and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2021
2. Red Lodge Communal Mausoleum and Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); O'Shea House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Chapman House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pippinger House (approx. 0.6 miles away); McCleary House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Talmage House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red Lodge.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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