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Bozeman in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Apollo J. Busch House

Apollo J. Busch House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
1. Apollo J. Busch House Marker
Inscription.  Open air porches, a half-hexagonal bay window, stained glass, and an irregular roofline make this late-nineteenth-century residence a classic example of the Queen Anne style. Built in the mid-1890s likely from pattern book plans, the substantial brick home fit well into this fashionable, well-established neighborhood. William H. Babcock and Will F. Davis platted the addition in 1883, and Babcock’s own showy, palatial 1880 residence, known as the “Castle,” once stood diagonally across the street. In 1896, career railroader Apollo J. Busch transferred to Bozeman from Bismarck, North Dakota, and brought his family to settle in this Queen Anne style home. Busch was section foreman for the Northern Pacific until 1909 when officials persuaded him to supervise construction of the Gallatin Valley Electric Railway, the first electric line west of Chicago. He remained railway superintendent when the line became a branch of the Milwaukee Road. The tracks for the electric railway, which was built as a part of Bozeman’s bid for state capital, ran directly in front of the Busch home from downtown along Church Street to the Bozeman railway station. Busch
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endeared himself to the community, serving as alderman and in civic organizations. When he died in 1933, editors of the Bozeman Chronicle wrote, “Mr. Busch can ill be spared from our community life, for he always stood four square for what was right.” Busch’s son, Apollo G. Busch, carried on his father’s community commitment, stepping in as mayor pro-tem during World War II.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 45° 40.944′ N, 111° 1.808′ W. Marker is in Bozeman, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is at the intersection of North Church Avenue and East Davis Street when traveling north on North Church Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 224 North Church Avenue, Bozeman MT 59715, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peterson House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bohart House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beall Park Community Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Bozeman Hotel Annex (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Bozeman (approx. ¼
Apollo J. Busch House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
2. Apollo J. Busch House and Marker
mile away); Bozeman Comes of Age (approx. ¼ mile away); Electric Block (approx. ¼ mile away); Bozeman Carnegie Library (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bozeman.
Apollo J. Busch House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
3. Apollo J. Busch House
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 21, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Jul. 21, 2024