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Historical Markers in Forsyth, Montana

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Forsyth is the county seat for Rosebud County
Forsyth is in Rosebud County
      Rosebud County (74)  
      Big Horn County (75)  
      Custer County (56)  
      Garfield County (4)  
      Musselshell County (1)  
      Petroleum County (0)  
      Powder River County (7)  
      Treasure County (9)  
      Yellowstone County (156)  
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1 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — 241 North Eleventh Avenue
By 1897, a single-story home stood on this site. Owners had added a wing and two porches by 1910, but by 1920 that house had been replaced with this one-story bungalow. The full-length front porch tucked beneath the roof, exposed rafter tails, and . . . Map (db m165044) HM
2 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — 310 North Eleventh AvenueForsyth Residential Historic District
At the turn of the twentieth century, inviting porches fronted many houses in Forsyth. Built before 1910 on a prominent corner lot, this hipped-roof home retains its full-length porch, supported by Doric columns. As with many early-twentieth-century . . . Map (db m165048) HM
3 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — 411 North Twelfth AvenueForsyth Residential Historic District
Early pioneers Thomas and Mary Alexander owned large swaths of land in and around Forsyth, including most of this block, which they subdivided into lots. They sold this tract to Edward Jones in 1903, who likely built this asymmetrical two-story . . . Map (db m164911) HM
4 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — 474 North Thirteenth AvenueForsyth Residential Historic District
A single-story octagonal cutaway bay with prominent wooden brackets and a multi-sided screen porch mark the street façade of this T-shaped, two-story home. An excellent example of vernacular Queen Anne style architecture, the home displays much . . . Map (db m164833) HM
5 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — 542 North Twelfth AvenueForsyth Residential Historic District
Northern Pacific conductor Frank Runyan and his wife, Nellie, built this one-story bungalow in 1914. County jailor Dick Wright and his wife, Edith, lived here from 1919 to 1923. A. J. and Ina Freeman owned the home in 1940. A. J. was justice of the . . . Map (db m164850) HM
6 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — 610 North Twelfth AvenueForsyth Residential Historic District
Standing just outside the original town site, this two-story home is believed to be one of the first residences constructed so close to the Yellowstone River. It was a dangerous place to build since despite early dikes, the river was still prone to . . . Map (db m164854) HM
7 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — 933 Main StreetForsyth Main Street Historic District
In 1882, pioneer Thomas Alexander traded a parcel of land to the Northern Pacific in exchange for other property nearby. Alexander’s farm became the town of Forsyth and Alexander became an important local merchant and real estate developer. Among . . . Map (db m164780) HM
8 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Bachelors ClubForsyth Residential Historic District
A large central dormer and an inset front porch distinguish this Craftsman style residence. Businessman and real estate developer Winnie Dowlin likely had the home constructed circa 1910 along with the two houses immediately to the south for rental . . . Map (db m164832) HM
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9 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Beeman ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Arrival of the Milwaukee railroad and the masses of homesteaders who followed in its wake meant land-office business for Forsyth. As Rosebud County seat, Forsyth provided plenty of work for lawyers like Henry Beeman, who opened a title abstract . . . Map (db m165229) HM
10 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Bland ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
“The three Longley cottages in the eastern part of the city have been completed and are ready for occupancy,” announced the Forsyth Times in November 1901. Two of those cottages were almost certainly this hipped-roof residence and its . . . Map (db m165150) HM
11 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Blue Front Rooming House
The Northern Pacific Railroad was the lifeblood of many small Montana towns like Forsyth, which was founded in 1882 to serve as an operations base for rail crews. Since unmarried men filled most railroad positions, towns like Forsyth had need of . . . Map (db m164666) HM
12 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Hall
On May 8, 1882, the first train rumbled through Forsyth, and the growing town soon became home to many Northern Pacific Railway workers. Among them were locomotive engineers, whose skills were in high demand, particularly in the West during the . . . Map (db m164787) HM
13 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Choisser BlockForsyth Main Street Historic District
Sunrays filtering through a window apparently ignited straw packing in the basement of the J. E. Choisser Wholesale Liquor Company in July 1917. Bottles of liquor burst in the flames, fueling a fire that ultimately gutted the two-story building. . . . Map (db m164764) HM
14 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Claude O. Marcyes House
Five brick houses, all built by early Forsyth merchant Hiram Marcyes, lined this block in 1903. Marcyes arrived in Forsyth in 1882 when it was just a tent town. In 1888, he built the first brick business block in Forsyth; fifteen years later he . . . Map (db m164788) HM
15 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Commercial HotelForsyth Main Street Historic District
Decorative brickwork marks this impressive hotel designed by Montana architects Link and Haire. A vivid diamond pattern of light and dark brick provides a decorative band below the cornice, while raised brickwork divides the building vertically. A . . . Map (db m164770) HM
16 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — E.A. Cornwell ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
“E. A. Cornwell, the popular Forsyth merchant and banker, will move this week into the first cement block house ever built in Forsyth,” reported the Forsyth Times on October 3, 1907. “It is fitted with steam throughout, electric . . . Map (db m164917) HM
17 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — E.A. Richardson ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Cast concrete block was an exciting new technology in the 1900s. While critics labeled it “cheap and vulgar,” builders and homeowners embraced it as a “substantial and beautiful substitute for stone.” Durable, affordable, and . . . Map (db m164922) HM
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18 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Edwards ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Distinctive pointed-arched, Gothic style windows and a decorative three-story square tower, tucked in the L of the cross-gable, originally distinguished this unique residence, constructed between 1896 and 1903. In March 1903, John and Julia Edwards . . . Map (db m165050) HM
19 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — F.V.H. Collins ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
In 1901, prosperous rancher Thomas Hammond built “a fine residence in Forsyth ... one of the architectural adornments of the city.” He and his wife, Adelaide, and their four children used the home as a town house until 1905. That year . . . Map (db m165052) HM
20 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — First Presbyterian Church and Manse
When an overheated furnace set fire to the First Presbyterian Church in December 1919, the congregation lost everything but the Prairie style manse built next door in 1910. While church members temporarily held services in the Masonic Hall, news of . . . Map (db m164923) HM
21 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Forsyth Bridge
Although heavy rain disrupted the celebrations, it couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm Forsyth residents felt for their new bridge, dedicated on July 4, 1905. Prior to the bridge’s construction, Rosebud County residents had to ford the Yellowstone River . . . Map (db m164782) HM
22 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Forsyth Main Street Historic District
Captain William Clark trekked through this area on his journey down the Yellowstone River in 1806. By the time General George Armstrong Custer passed by en route to the Little Bighorn in 1876, homesteads dotted the area. As the Northern Pacific . . . Map (db m164670) HM
23 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Forsyth Residential Historic District
Founded for the railroad, Forsyth’s residential neighborhoods were platted in 1882 but much of the land lay undeveloped until the 1900s. Forsyth’s first-generation homes were simple dwellings rapidly constructed of wood or log to serve the immediate . . . Map (db m164627) HM
24 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Forsyth Water Pumping Station
Recognizing that successful communities require infrastructure, Forsyth’s civic leaders proposed construction of a waterworks and sewerage system in 1906. As the town council asserted when it posted the bond issue, “We desire to improve the town.... . . . Map (db m164783) HM
25 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Forsyth, MTJune 16, 1918
(Three panels make up this marker:) (panel 1) In 1918, rising flood waters on the Yellowstone River threatened the City of Forsyth, the Forsyth Times-Journal reported "Over 500 men worked for 36 hours to keep . . . Map (db m164762) HM
26 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Forsyth, MTJune 16, 1918
In 1918, the city of Forsyth was threatened by rising flood waters of the Yellowstone River. Only a two block section of Main Street between 8th and 10th avenues remained relatively dry because temporary berms were quickly constructed to hold . . . Map (db m164763) HM
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27 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Forsyth, MT
In 1918, the city of Forsyth was threatened by rising flood waters of the Yellowstone River. Only two blocks of Main Street between 8th and 10th Avenues remained dry. Temporary berms had been constructed to hold the flood waters at bay to protect . . . Map (db m164773) HM
28 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Forsyth, MTJune 16, 1918
In 1918, a rising Yellowstone River threatened the City of Forsyth. According to the Forsyth Times Journal, "Over 500 men worked for 36 hours to keep the flood water out of the city as much as possible." On this day in the early morning hours, the . . . Map (db m164785) HM
29 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Forsyth, MTJune, 16 1918
In 1918 the city of Forsyth was flooded for 2 1/2 weeks by the rising waters of the Yellowstone River. The waters rushed into the west end of Forsyth, flooding the entire town north of the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks. As the flood waters . . . Map (db m165144) HM
30 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Forsyth, MTJune 16, 1918
In 1918, water from the Yellowstone River rushed into the west end of Forsyth and flooded the entire town north of the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks. Every basement was flooded to the floor joists. Homes in the residential district had 2 to 3 . . . Map (db m165234) HM
31 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Harry and Frances Cornwall ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Decorative half-timbering and an intricate roofline distinguish this elegant one-and-one-half-story home. Mary Philbrick had the residence built as a wedding present for her daughter Mary Frances and son-in-law Harry Cornwell, a hardware merchant. . . . Map (db m165146) HM
32 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Hiram Marcyes Park
Hiram Marcyes was born September 11, 1844 in Newberg, Maine. He served in the Civil War as a bugler in the Fourth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Company with the the Union army. His service took him in battles from Vicksburg to Sherman's March to the . . . Map (db m188746) HM
33 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Hunting Party Gone Wrong
One the morning of May 23, 1876, two cavalrymen and a citizen teamster, attached to Colonel John Gibbon's Montana Column, were ambushed by a war party of Lakota in the bluffs on the north side of the Yellowstone a few miles downriver from this . . . Map (db m164801) HM
34 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Kennedy-Fletcher BlockForsyth Main Street Historic District
A pressed metal cornice, door surrounds made of cast iron, and an exposed steel I-beam distinguish the façade of the 1907 Kennedy-Fletcher block. Geo. L. Mesker and Co. of Bedford, Indiana, the largest architectural ironworks in the country, . . . Map (db m164766) HM
35 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Lida Parker ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Cattleman Lafayette H. Parker and his wife, Lida, purchased a small home on this lot in 1910. Lafayette died two years later of tuberculosis, but Lida continued to live here, and in 1917, she obtained a mortgage to replace her home with a two-story . . . Map (db m164921) HM
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36 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Masonic TempleForsyth Main Street Historic District
Terra-cotta medallions sporting the Masonic emblem of square and compass and the words “Masonic Temple” centered beneath the cornice proudly announce this building’s primary purpose. Chartered in 1898, the Forsyth Masonic Lodge met in . . . Map (db m164686) HM
37 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Maurice and Mary Lord ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
When the Milwaukee road arrived in 1907, Forsyth boomed, and carpenter Maurice S. Lord decided to open his own business. “It won’t cost you anything to talk to me,” he advertised, “and if I can’t suit you as to price and quality, . . . Map (db m165145) HM
38 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — McCuistion ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
The deep eaves and flared rooflines of this two-story home were meant to evoke the Far East, while its octagonal tower, ornamental brackets, decorative beveled glass, and corbelled chimneys reveal the attention to detail that accompanied the home’s . . . Map (db m165230) HM
39 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Merchant BankForsyth Main Street Historic District
Pioneer businessman Thomas Alexander founded Forsyth’s first bank in 1892. In 1898, he built this ashlar stone bank building with material quarried within a mile of Forsyth. Three small panels on the cornice commemorate the year of construction and . . . Map (db m164760) HM
40 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Meredith ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Carpenter Gustav Hoff purchased this lot in 1900, and sometime before 1920 he built this one-story, hipped roof house, likely as an investment. Robert “Shorty” Meredith and his wife Mary bought the residence in 1920 for $2,500. The . . . Map (db m164855) HM
41 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Meyerhoff ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Emmett and Anna Meyerhoff arrived in Forsyth in 1902 and quickly became prominent in Forsyth society. The assistant cashier of the newly organized Forsyth State Bank (later First National Bank), Meyerhoff was bank president by 1913. Anna was active . . . Map (db m165149) HM
42 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Northway ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
A truncated hipped roof reflects this circa 1895 home’s modest beginnings. Carpenters used shorter, less expensive pieces of lumber for hipped roofs than for triangular-shaped gable roofs. Owners added a full-length front porch (since removed) and a . . . Map (db m164924) HM
43 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Railroad Survey of 1873
The Northern Pacific Railroad surveyed along the north side of the Yellowstone River during the summers of 1871 and 1873, a time when the still-powerful Lakota controlled the unceded land south of the river. A a result, the survey crews required . . . Map (db m188744) HM
44 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Rosebud County Courthouse
Scandal and intrigue surrounded the construction of Rosebud County Courthouse in 1914. Rosebud County citizens recognized the need for a new courthouse when they passed a $125,000 bond issue in 1911 to fund the building. To design a suitable . . . Map (db m164668) HM
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45 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Rosebud County Deaconess Hospital
“Remember the Flu epidemic” declared a notice advocating support for Rosebud County Hospital. In 1918 and 1919 influenza killed over 5,000 Montanans. Flu victims in Forsyth received care at the Masonic Hall, temporarily converted into an . . . Map (db m164791) HM
46 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Roxy TheatreForsyth Main Street Historic District
“May You Prosper Well in Your New Theatre with Your Steadfast Faith in Forsyth,” read one of the many ads that filled the August 28, 1930, Forsyth Times. Car and clothing merchants joined building contractors and suppliers in . . . Map (db m164689) HM
47 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Sorenson ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Northern Pacific Railroad engineer Thomas Sorenson and his wife Hannah built this one-and-one-half-story residence circa 1910. That year the Norwegian immigrant couple lived here with their five children and two boarders, both of whom also worked . . . Map (db m164835) HM
48 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Taber ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Civil engineer Charles Taber helped survey the original Northern Pacific line through Forsyth in 1881. He must have liked what he saw because he soon returned to Forsyth, becoming the town’s first mayor after it incorporated in 1904. Taber purchased . . . Map (db m165047) HM
49 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Terry and Gibbon
When General Terry, Custer and Gibbon met on the steamer Far West to coordinate the final plan of action against the hostiles, it was decided that the Indians were probably camped along the Little Bighorn. Custer was to lead the Seventh Cavalry to . . . Map (db m165235) HM
50 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Thomas Alexander, 1856-1918
The history of Forsyth depends heavily on two men - Thomas Alexander and Hiram Marcyes - very different individuals yet both dedicated to creative and aggressive growth. Thomas Alexander began as a pioneer sheep, cattle and horse rancher and . . . Map (db m165231) HM
51 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Thurston ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Small touches add elegance to this one-and-one-half-story Colonial Revival residence and matching garage. Particularly noteworthy are its overall symmetry, prominent eave returns, shingled gabled ends, and classical pillars supporting the hipped . . . Map (db m165143) HM
52 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Vananda State Bank Building
Symmetrical facades, conservative design, and the use of durable material, particularly stone and brick, typified small-town Montana bank buildings like this one, originally constructed in Vananda, seventeen miles northwest of Forsyth. In the days . . . Map (db m164685) HM
53 Montana, Rosebud County, Forsyth — Wilson ResidenceForsyth Residential Historic District
Dr. Arthur C. Wilson moved to Forsyth after graduating medical school in 1891. He worked as a surgeon for the Northern Pacific Railroad, as a medical examiner for insurance companies, and as the county health officer. Forsyth’s first resident . . . Map (db m165042) HM
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