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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Red Lodge, Montana

Clickable Map of Carbon County, Montana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Carbon County, MT (73) Big Horn County, MT (75) Park County, MT (66) Stillwater County, MT (16) Yellowstone County, MT (154) Big Horn County, WY (41) Park County, WY (192)  CarbonCounty(73) Carbon County (73)  BigHornCounty(75) Big Horn County (75)  ParkCounty(66) Park County (66)  StillwaterCounty(16) Stillwater County (16)  YellowstoneCounty(154) Yellowstone County (154)  BigHornCountyWyoming(41) Big Horn County (41)  ParkCounty(192) Park County (192)
Red Lodge is the county seat for Carbon County
Red Lodge is in Carbon County
      Carbon County (73)  
      Big Horn County (75)  
      Park County (66)  
      Stillwater County (16)  
      Yellowstone County (154)  
      Big Horn County, Wyoming (41)  
      Park County, Wyoming (192)  
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1Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — 105 North Broadway
Local physician Dr. Samuel Souders owned this commercial lot in 1909 when Dan Davis, an advocate for the construction of a fancy opera house, proposed it for the construction of his vision. The newspapers reported weekly for several months on Davis’ . . . Map (db m45384) HM
2Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — 612 North Hauser AvenueRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
The manager of the Red Lodge Brewery, Paul Lehrkind, purchased this lot in 1920, likely with the intent of building a home. However, despite efforts to survive Prohibition by manufacturing the “near beer” Bud-O (“Always on Top”), Lehrkind was forced . . . Map (db m190277) HM
3Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Alcazar (Star) Theater
A combination moving picture theater and boarding house were the original tenants of this two-story masonry building, completed in 1908. Several directors managed the rather short-lived Alcazar, including Steve Roman, whose family long monopolized . . . Map (db m45387) HM
4Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Alderson HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
Over a quarter of the houses in the elite “Hi Bug” neighborhood were built between 1900 and 1901, including this one-and-one-half-story home, erected as a real estate investment by Red Lodge merchant Walter R. Hall and his wife Louisa. After leasing . . . Map (db m190244) HM
5Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — B.P.O.E. Lodge #534
Americans organized much of their social life around fraternal groups at the turn of the twentieth century. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks provided an important social and charitable outlet for Red Lodge's professionals, who circulated . . . Map (db m45395) HM
6Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Carbon County Courthouse
Butte architect P. J. Donahue drew the plans for the 1899 landmark after fire destroyed its predecessor. Situated at the busy northern end of the commercial district, the building today provides an excellent example of restrained, classically . . . Map (db m45402) HM
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7Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Carbon County Hospital And Sanitarium
When prominent local physician and surgeon Dr. Samuel Souders built this magnificent hospital in 1909, it was considered “state-of-the-art.” Amenities included a central heating system, wide doorways and hallways, an elevator, and . . . Map (db m45404) HM
8Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Chapman HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
Forty-five guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and housewarming at the home of John and Alphia Chapman on November 12, 1903. Begun in 1902, completion of the residence was delayed when contractor Walter S. Smith suffered a serious fall from the porch . . . Map (db m190278) HM
9Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Charles Antilla Building
This two-story building was under construction in 1907, and for a short time housed part-owner Charles Antilla’s dry goods store. In 1912, new owners Ed Ricketts and C. V. Lucas located their Okay Meat Market, later the Red Lodge Meat Market, on the . . . Map (db m45388) HM
10Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Davis House at Brewery HillRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
A natural springs and pond provided ice and water for a brewery established here in the early 1890s. In 1894, arson destroyed the ice house and brewery buildings, but a small, one-room log residence escaped the blaze. Dan Davis purchased the . . . Map (db m190562) HM
11Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Flager HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
Architect Seth Hunneywell designed and built this Colonial Revival two-and-one-half-story home for Alfred and Ruth Flager, who lived here from 1902 to 1911. Costing approximately $3,500 to build and boasting “all the modern conveniences,” its “eight . . . Map (db m190274) HM
12Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Foiled Bank Robbery Site
On Sept. 18, 1897, The Sundance Kid (Harry Longbaugh), Kid Curry and others of the "Wild Bunch" rode into Red Lodge after escaping from jail in Belle Fourche, S.D., and announced their intention of making an unauthorized withdrawal from the Carbon . . . Map (db m80188) HM
13Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Hasterlik HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
Prominent lumber merchant C. C. Bowlen purchased this lot in 1901. Two years later, when attorney George Pierson decided to build a larger home, Bowlen purchased Pierson’s front-gable residence and moved it a block south to this location. . . . Map (db m190559) HM
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14Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Hawkes & Son Photography Studio
Photographer Mark E. Hawkes and his son Charley built a photography studio at this location where much of Red Lodge’s history was documented in pictures. Charley later struck out for Great Falls, and son Harry joined Mark. Hawkes & Son sold the . . . Map (db m45405) HM
15Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — High Country Thoroughfare
Lieutenant General Philip Sheridan and 124 men forged the first documented passage over the Beartooth Mountains in 1881. Once thought impassible, the route was later modified by E. E. Van Dyke - a miner from coal rich Red Lodge, Montana. His route . . . Map (db m45244) HM
16Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Iarussi Building
In the 1920s Italian shoemaker Ludovico Iarussi (later changed to Jarussi) owned this property containing his shop and several frame commercial buildings. In 1929 Iarussi razed the older shops and constructed the present building. Financially . . . Map (db m45409) HM
17Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Kent Dairy Round Barn
Finnish immigrant Ephraim Kent settled in Red Lodge in the early 1900s to work in the coal mines while his wife, Fiina, began a small dairy business. It was a family venture from the start, with all the children pitching in to deliver raw milk in . . . Map (db m190567) HM
18Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Labor Temple
Red Lodge Miner’s Local No. 1771 had grown to more than a thousand members when this labor temple was built in 1909. The United Mine Workers of America organized nationally in 1896 and by 1898, Local No. 1771 had 200 members. The building is a . . . Map (db m45412) HM
19Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Liver-Eating Johnston's Cabin
This log cabin was the home of one of Montana's most notorious citizens - John "Liver-Eating" Johnston, a sobriquet he earned in 1869 while cutting wood for the Missouri River steamboats in north central Montana. After a battle with the Lakota, he . . . Map (db m190093) HM
20Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Marino and Blackburn BuildingRed Lodge Commercial Historic District
Early Red Lodge businessmen James Blackburn and Dominic Marino jointly built this fine two-story commercial building circa 1905 to house a mercantile business. A series of saloons later occupied the ground floor. An upstairs boarding house, first . . . Map (db m190220) HM
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21Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — McCleary HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
A four-square plan, tapered porch pillars, and flared overhanging eaves reflect the Craftsman style influence that affords this distinctive home a more modern appearance than its contemporary neighbors. Decorative cresting and leaded glass add . . . Map (db m190440) HM
22Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — McDonald HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
Rocky Fork Town and Electric Company sold this lot and the one next door to F. P. Musser for $84 in 1896. Immediate resale to real estate agent T. P. McDonald for $177 netted Musser a handsome profit. This four-square cottage was either moved or . . . Map (db m190247) HM
23Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — McDowell HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
The sloping roof of this one-and-one-half-story house once shaded an open porch. The curved roofline and shed dormer add Craftsman style elegance to the home, constructed on a double lot after 1907. The interior also reflected Craftsman ideals with . . . Map (db m190276) HM
24Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Montana BakeryRed Lodge Commercial Historic District
These two turn-of-the-twentieth-century wood-frame commercial buildings with a tiny shop sandwiched in between today share one façade. In 1900, Biagio Sconfienza opened a bakery in the one-story building. In 1903, as the business prospered, Biagio . . . Map (db m190225) HM
25Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Neithammer Brothers Meat Market
German-born Victor and Otto Neithammer first established their meat market on North Broadway in 1912, raising their own livestock to supply this and other local family-run stores. Because the Neithammers' employees represented many ethnic groups, . . . Map (db m45415) HM
26Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Nutting RentalRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
One of nine remaining homes on Nutting Row, this foursquare cottage features a hip-roofed main block with ornate dormers with shingles in an imbricate pattern. The design and plan of this 1907 home reflects William B. Nutting’s role in the . . . Map (db m190448) HM
27Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — O'Shea HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
Irish immigrant Daniel G. O’Shea arrived in Carbon in 1887. The eager eighteen year old took a position with the Rocky Fork Coal Company, serving as paymaster and bookkeeper until 1899 when he was appointed manager. He resigned from RFCC in 1903 to . . . Map (db m190438) HM
28Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Peters HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
“Coziness” was the watchword of progressive builders in the early twentieth century. Small, well-designed houses proliferated after 1900 in part to compensate for the expense of such modern conveniences as indoor plumbing. Plans for . . . Map (db m190227) HM
29Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Picket Block
Designed by Red Lodge carpenter and amateur architect Frank A. Sell and built by W. T. Pernham in 1902, this impressive brick commercial building was home to the Red Lodge Picket and, after 1918, the Picket-Journal, the primary news . . . Map (db m45416) HM
30Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Pierson HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
Michigan-born attorney George Pierson and his wife Loretta moved to Red Lodge in 1894. Soon thereafter they purchased this lot, where they lived in a one-story cottage. After the Piersons decided to build this “Free Classic” Queen Anne style . . . Map (db m190248) HM
31Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Pippinger HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
During the summer of 1887, Ben F. Pippinger became Red Lodge’s first teacher, hired to teach the children of the Rocky Fork Coal Company miners opening the area’s first coal mines. Pippinger later ran the Cloverdale Dairy on a ranch north of town. . . . Map (db m190453) HM
32Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Plenty Coups - Chief Of The Crows(Circa 1848 - March 4, 1932)
"The buffalo gone and freedom denied him, the Indian was visited by two equally hideous strangers, famine and tuberculosis. The could cope with neither. His pride broken he felt himself and outcast, a beggar in his own country. It was now that . . . Map (db m190094) HM WM
33Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Plunkett's Hardware
High transom windows that provide interior light for a mezzanine commercial display area are an interesting design feature of this well-constructed commercial building. The simple chain-patterned ornamentation of buff brick across the tall parapet . . . Map (db m45419) HM
34Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Pollard Hotel
The Rocky Fork Coal Company constructed this hotel, originally the Spofford, which welcomed its first guests on July 4, 1893. This architectural landmark, built before the commercial district was platted, originally had its main entrance on 11th . . . Map (db m45390) HM
35Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Red Lodge
Coal was discovered in the Rock Creek Valley nearly two decades before Red Lodge was established as a mail stop on the Meeteese Trail in 1884. In 1887, the Rocky Fork Coal Company opened the first large-scale mine at Red Lodge sparking the . . . Map (db m45250) HM
36Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Red Lodge Brewing Company/ Red Lodge Canning Company Historic District
Pure Rock Creek water and a ready market of thirsty coal miners struck Bozeman beer baron Julius Lehrkind as a recipe for success. With nephews Fred and Paul, Julius incorporated the Red Lodge Brewing Company in 1910, hiring the prominent . . . Map (db m190564) HM
37Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Red Lodge Commercial District
Rapid growth of the young town of Red Lodge coincided with the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad’s branch line in 1889. The area became Montana’s leading coal mining region. Town lots were platted by the secretary of the Rocky Fork Town and . . . Map (db m45386) HM
38Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Red Lodge Communal Mausoleum
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 . . . Map (db m190570) HM
39Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Robbins HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
Prominent Red Lodge businessman William B. Nutting subdivided this northwestern neighborhood as the Nutting Addition circa 1899. Beginning in 1900 with this home, he built five cottages north of his own residence that became known as Nutting Row. J. . . . Map (db m190443) HM
40Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Robbins/Wiggenhorn HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
A steep-roofed gable-front cottage with a wraparound porch stood on this lot by 1901. Sometime before 1907 Rose Robbins—who owned the one-and-one-half-story home along with many other lots in the neighborhood—expanded the residence, adding a rear . . . Map (db m190275) HM
41Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Roman TheatreRed Lodge Commercial Historic District
Original rusticated and ashlar concrete blocks and the 1935 ROMAN marquee distinguish the façade of this early movie theater. Austrian immigrant Steve Roman built the theater in 1917. One of fourteen sons, nineteen-year-old Roman came to Red Lodge . . . Map (db m190222) HM
42Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Roysdon HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
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 . . . Map (db m190249) HM
43Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Sichler-Davis HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
A prestigious corner site contributes much to the elegance of this Queen Anne style cottage, built by rancher and businessman Louis Sichler in 1902. The steep and asymmetrical roofline, projecting gables, and two-storied bay epitomize the Queen Anne . . . Map (db m190245) HM
44Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Talmage HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
W. A. Talmage arrived in Red Lodge in 1888 to manage a branch of a Billings mercantile. By 1894, the ambitious businessman owned his own large hardware and farm implements store on Billings Avenue. Undoubtedly, his business connections helped . . . Map (db m190436) HM
45Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — Talmage/Crockett HouseRed Lodge Hi Bug Historic District
According to an oral tradition handed down in the Crockett family, this gable-front cottage was moved here from “Old Town.” It was remodeled circa 1901 when it is first recorded on this lot. At that time, prominent merchant W. A. Talmage owned the . . . Map (db m190246) HM
46Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — The Beartooth Plateau
The Beartooth Plateau contains some of the oldest exposed rocks on Earth and provides a unique window into the history of our planet. About 55 million years ago, this massive block of metamorphic basement rock pushed its way upward nearly two . . . Map (db m45251) HM
47Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — The Iris Theater
Originally intended as a meeting hall with storefront space, tenants Byton Down and Robert Pryde redesigned the building’s ground floor before its completion for use as a theater. When the Iris opened in 1925, residents viewed it as welcome . . . Map (db m45410) HM
48Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — The Red Lodge Country
According to tradition, a band of Crow Indians left the main tribe and moved west into the foothills of the Beartooth Range many years ago. They painted their council tepee with red-clay and this old-time artistry resulted in the name Red Lodge. . . . Map (db m45247) HM
49Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — W. A. Talmage Company Hardware
A keen sense of the town’s future prompted businessman William Talmage to move his hardware business away from the busy commercial center a few blocks south to this building in 1894. When other businesses began to move to the newly platted main . . . Map (db m45420) HM
50Montana, Carbon County, Red Lodge — W.R. Hall BuildingRed Lodge Commercial Historic District
This fine example of masonry architecture, with its unusually preserved storefront and recessed entry, appears almost as it did in 1900 when Walter Hall opened his first-floor grocery. Sandstone banding, corbelled arches, and original stained glass . . . Map (db m190221) HM
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Mar. 25, 2023