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HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS
Deadline May 1, 2014


A MOMENT IN HISTORY
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Sacajawea Hotel
The composition of early 1900’s Montana came of the conglomeration of an array of people from divergent backgrounds, utilities, cultures, and creeds. These people became bound together, at least for a time, by place and purpose, creating an eclectic whole that was often greater than the sum of its parts. It was a time of boom optimism, even with the specter of bust and depression on the unseen horizon. The Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks is a physical representation of this period of history, which, once the façade is peeled away, shows a complexity that is not readily apparent from the first exterior glance. The construction of the Sacajawea Hotel was the 1910 brainchild of an aggressive entrepreneur by the name of John Q. Adams (no, not that John Q. Adams), a purchasing agent for the Milwaukee Railroad. Mr. Adams saw the potential for boomtown growth in the new, relocated town site of Three Forks, which was moved one mile up the Missouri River to take advantage of the proximity to the newly finished railroad. Like most of the people in the “New” Three Forks, the Sacajawea Hotel was uprooted and moved to the location, leaving behind the old to grasp onto the new. The “Madison House” was originally constructed in the “old” Three Forks in 1882. When it came time to build the Sacajawea Hotel, the Madison House was cut in half and set on rollers. The building halves were then pulled by teams of horses to the new location, but not without their own share of intrigue. The contractor in charge of the move lost his horses in a poker game, threatening the project to become mired in more than just mud. Luckily for the contractor, if it was indeed luck involved, the horses were won back in another poker game, and the move was completed. Once on site, the halves of the building were combined with a newly constructed, two and a half story lobby, a dining wing, and new hotel rooms. To integrate these divergent architectural singularities, they were covered with a combination of gable roofs, lapped wood siding, and an elaborate, wrap-around veranda supported by doric columns. The interior of the lobby utilized a bungalow arts and crafts style which combined with wainscoting and dark hardwood throughout the entire structure to bring about a united feel. Once finished, the Sacajawea Hotel quickly became the social and architectural centerpiece of the Three Forks Community. The exterior displayed a grandiose, yet unpretentious exterior that combined with an equally grand yet comfortable interior that invited both the well-to-do traveler and the weary local farmers and ranchers to come in and enjoy. This original feel has remained through time, and the Sacajawea Hotel stands as one of the most unique structures in Montana history.




Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
DATE (all meetings held at 5:30PM)
LOCATION
February 10
County Courthouse, Room 301
March 17
County Courthouse, Room 301
April 21
County Courthouse, Room 301
May 19
County Courthouse, Room 301
June, July and August TBA
County Courthouse, Room 301
September 15
County Courthouse, Room 301
October 20
County Courthouse, Room 301
November 17
County Courthouse, Room 301
December TBA

To learn more about:

Board Member
Term Expiration
Sally Broughton (President)
July 2015
Barry Sulam
July 2016
Shane Hope
July 2016
Renee Koenig
July 2015
Brad O'Grosky
July 2016
Albert Koenig
July 2016
Jere Walters
July 2016
Lillian Thiesen
July 2015
Jeff Copeland
July 2016
Bobbi Clem
July 2015
Mary Ellen Fitzgerald
July 2016
County Commission Representative
N/A
 
 
 
 
 
 
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