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Road trip to Montana Preservation Alliance's 2018 "Roadshow" in the Flathead

 

September 19, 2018

Old Main, pictured here, was once the administration and dormitory for the Soldiers' Home in Columbia Falls. Built in the 1890's the facility closed in 1970. Attempts to raise the required $1.5 million to preserve the 147 acre site of the Soldiers' Home Historic District have so far proven unsuccessful. Old Main is an example of a large number of historic buildings that will likely be lost for lack of funds to preserve them.

Reporter's note: In our efforts to do Montana-based road trips, in early June my wife and I attended a four-day "Roadshow" put together by the Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA). The MPA is a non-profit that works to preserve Montana's historic buildings and culturally significant places by helping locals find funding sources and know how. Readers may recall part of the statewide Big Sky Schoolhouse Survey was completed in Blaine County in 2015. That work was part of an MPA project to gather data about one room schools throughout Montana.

Each biennial Roadshow is set in a different regio...



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