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A.D. Smith House and Marker image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
A.D. Smith House and Marker
Montana (Hill County), Havre — A.D. Smith House
Alexander “Nosey” D. Smith came to Havre as a Great Northern Railroad conductor when the first trains came through town in the mid-1890s. He purchased two lots for $5 in 1897 and built this late Victorian Folk style home in 1902. . . . — Map (db m142676) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Boone/Dalrymple House
The sunburst motif on the front gable end of this single-story, hipped-roof residence signals the builder’s debt to the Queen Anne style. Havre pioneer Daniel H. Boone and his wife, Elizabeth, owned the four-square residence. Built before 1903 and . . . — Map (db m142675) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Company Officers' Quarters (Apartments)Fort Assinniboine
A battlement-topped octagonal turret—a traditional military architectural symbol—distinguishes Fort Assinniboine’s Company Officers’ Quarters. Built in 1880 under supervision of Major J. C. C. Lee, the six-unit building asserted . . . — Map (db m142742) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Company Officer's Quarters (Duplexes)Fort Assinniboine
A row of thirteen mansard-roofed officer's quarters, flanked by two flat-roofed apartment buildings, defined the north east side of the parade grounds. Ten of the buildings were duplexes, most like this one, designed to house married officers and . . . — Map (db m142798) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Fort Assiniboine
Fort Assiniboine (sic), guardian of Montana's frontier was established by act of Congress in May, 1878. Lt. Colonel Brooks selected this high site on Beaver Creek and superintended the million-dollar construction of the the fort, which took its name . . . — Map (db m142744) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Fort Assinniboine
Established in 1879, Fort Assinniboine was one of the most strategically-placed U.S. Army posts in the northwest. Headquarters for the District of Montana, the fort and military reserve encompassed the entire Bears Paw mountain range. The 18th U.S. . . . — Map (db m142594) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Fort AssinniboineOld Forts Trail
Montana's largest and most impressive military post was established in 1879 in the aftermath of the defeat of Colonel Custer and the Seventh Cavalry by the Sioux (Lakota) Nation at the Battle of the Little Bighorn River and the capture of the Nez . . . — Map (db m142771) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Fort Assinniboine
According to the United States War Department, Fort Assinniboine was established in 1879 “for the purpose of protecting the citizens of Montana from the hostile incursions of Indian tribes dwelling in that region; and especially ... the Sioux . . . — Map (db m142772) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — GuardhouseFort Assinniboine
With its graceful dormer and full-length front porch supported by Tuscan columns, the front of this one-story, hipped-roof building looks like an attractive and comfortable residence. The back of the building, with its small, arched barred windows . . . — Map (db m142774) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Havre
Cowpunchers, miners, and soldiers are tolerably virile person as a rule. When the went to town in the frontier days seeking surcease from vocational cares and solace in the cup that cheers it was just a well for the urbanites to either brace . . . — Map (db m142640) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Havre Post Office and Courthouse
Red brick, finely crafted stonework, and a colonnade reminiscent of a Greek temple brought an imposing federal symbol to Havre in the 1930s. Securing state and federal funds for this post office was an expression of optimism during economic . . . — Map (db m142645) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — John A. Burns
Born: Fort Assiniboine March 30, 1904 Architect of Hawaii Statehood Governor of Hawaii 1962-1974 Died: April 5, 1975 — Map (db m142743) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — LibraryFort Assinniboine
The post’s first library was relegated to a small space at the back of the Signal Corps office, but in 1888-89 the military spent $1,409.13 to build a one-story, brick, hipped-roof library with multiple wings. A visiting Helena reporter called the . . . — Map (db m142773) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Lou Lucke Sr. House
The quintessential businessman, Lou Lucke arrived in Havre in 1903, where he founded a shoe repair and later a clothing store and a dry cleaning business. He also speculated in real estate. When the homestead boom in turn boomed Havre, Lou and local . . . — Map (db m142672) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Non-Commissioned Officers' QuartersFort Assinniboine
In its final years as a military outpost in 1904 and 1905, Fort Assinniboine underwent an extensive effort to expand and modernize its facilities. Great Falls contractors Frank Coombs and Duncan Brothers built this residential duplex in 1905 for . . . — Map (db m142679) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Officers' Amusement Hall
In its final years as a military outpost in 1904 and 1905, Fort Assinniboine underwent an extensive effort to expand and modernize its facilities. Great Falls contractors Frank Coombs and Duncan Brothers built this residential duplex in 1905 for . . . — Map (db m142741) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Post ExchangeFort Assinniboine
Frontier capitalist C. A. Broadwater received the contract to provide locally manufactured bricks and timber, hauled from the Bear’s Paw Mountains, to construct Fort Assinniboine. He hired five hundred Métis (mixed-blood Chippewa-Cree) from the . . . — Map (db m142775) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Root CellarFort Assinniboine
Before refrigeration, rural Americans preserved perishables in root cellars. The fort’s first root cellar, a 100-by-20- foot structure, was built in 1879-80. In 1902 the government invested $3,900 (about $237,000 in 2011 dollars) to replace the . . . — Map (db m142799) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Havre's first Episcopal church service was held in 1900 at Fort Assiniboine, south of Havre. After the arrival of the Reverend Leonard J. Christler in 1907, regular services were conducted in town. The Reverend Christler immediately began plans for . . . — Map (db m142671) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — The Atrium
This building once stood as home for the famed Buttrey retail store. This store brought shoppers from all over Montana and Canada to the area. Created by Frank Buttrey, the store began as a small shop called "The Fair" in 1902. The store, which . . . — Map (db m142595) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Assinniboine
African American soldiers serve in the Revolutionary War, and fought for the Union in the American Civil War. Six black cavalry-infantry units were officially organized on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. These men saw service . . . — Map (db m142745) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — The Havre Air Force Station
After the Soviet Union's detonation of an atomic bomb in 1949 and the beginning of the Korean War in 1950, tensions mounted between the United States and the USSR. To prevent a surprise attack, the US Air Force established a radar network to protect . . . — Map (db m142639) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — The Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump
Indian people have lived in this area for at least 11,000 years. Throughout that time, buffalo were their primary source of food. The Indians devised ingenious way to hunt buffalo with the buffalo jump, or pishkum, the best known. At pishkuns, . . . — Map (db m142644) HM
Montana (Hill County), Havre — Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump
Immense herds of bison once roamed the great North American prairies. As many as 30 million of the great shaggy beasts moved seasonally in herds of 25 to 300, following the same patterns year after year. Bison, or buffalo, were the lifeblood of the . . . — Map (db m142638) HM

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