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Longfellow Neighborhood Map

map of Longfellow neighborhood

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Neighborhood Houses

  •  1. 429 South Black
History of the Coyle House
By Sarah and Madison
        The people that live here are the Coyle family. They live on 429S. Black street. Tina the owner has lived in that house for more than 16 years. The house was built in the 1940’s the family that originally owned it. They remodeled their house a little more than 10 years ago they opened up their down stairs and built their deck. They don’t really know who built their house but it’s close to their neighbors house.  The original owner built the house for their daughter and spilt the land in 2. Their house is close to 3,000 sq feet also there house is like a bungalow house. Some of the people that live here or used to were Chris, Brock and Alexa Coyle. When the kids went to Longfellow it was so easy for them, and it was easy for them to go to the library, Bogert Park, and Peets hill, hope you like it.
  • 2. 516 South Black

by Jessica and Morgan

In 1931 the world was changed forever. A cute little house 516 South Black was built. This little house was desighned and built by Earl E. Poots and John M. Peets. It is a 2-story house that is 1200 square feet. Dustin Dagde used to live here but now Dianne and David Novotuy live here now. The Novotuy`s have been living there for over 24 years. Henry T. Weber was the original owner. They have changed the house by landscaping the front and back yard and adding a garage, and 2nd floor.  They think that living in the Longfellow neighborhood is peaceful and friendly.


  • 3.  529 South Black Avenue

by Helen & Madi

History of the House

        Jeff and Jackie Vick live at 529 S Black Ave.  They have lived there for 17+ years, sine 1991.  Their house was built in 1920. The first owner was Nelson M. Beaverly and his wife, Hannah.  Beaverly died in the house, because he had a stroke at work in his office above the Rialto Theater.  He was taken home where he passed away the next morning.

Teresa Vick, daughter of Jeff and Jackie, started first grade at Longfellow School in 2008.  She was in Ms. Sheri’s class.  Teresa’s mother, Jackie, and grandmother, Kay, also attended Longfellow School.


  •  4.  601 South Black

By: Mekayla and Brynn

        Mrs. Babcocks 5th grade class has been studying the houses in Longfellow’s neighborhood. The house my partner and I are studying 601 South Black. In 601 South Black Mrs. Mr. Coldwell have been living there for 5 years and 9 months, but yet they both don’t know who the original owners were though it was built in 1897. The house is about 1000 square feet and a square house, the new addition will double the size. The people that were living in the house before them were renting it for about 40 years, before they bought the house lots of people call it home. As you can see their house was a special for many people.


  • 5.  604 South Black

By, Claire and Anisten

        604 South Black Avenue plays a historical role in the Longfellow neighborhood. It was built in 1910 by Stonemason Johan- Josef Felesheim. It is made of Virgil sandstone which came from a quarry just north of Columbus, Montana, the same stone used to build St. James Episcopal Church on Olive Street. The front steps of 604 S. Black are marble, made from the old Longfellow Grammar School. The house was bought from walter Cooper, after whom who Cooper Park was named. It was bought in 1905- 1906 and covers four lots. The first two lots were purchased for only one dollar and the second two cost 180 dollars. Later, in 1975, 604 S. Black was remodeled by the help of William Wilson. They tore down most of its walls and created one large room. The room serves as the living room, dinning room and kitchen. As you can see, 604 South Black Avenue plays a big historical role in the Longfellow neighborhood.


  • 6.  816 South Black

By Nina and Sophia

        The houses in the Longfellow neighborhood are very interesting. We were given the house 816 S. Black to study. The people that lived there are Tom Hayes and Liz McGroff have lived there for over 8 years. The house was built in 1867. Tom and Liz love their house. Especially since it is near the Linear trail. Their neighborhood is great! Once they even saw a bear!!
A lot of remodeling has happened over the years. Their house 1700 square feet. The house is also a tri-level house, which means it has three levels. Their house includes 3 bedrooms upstairs, T.V. Room downstairs, living room, kitchen and breakfast room on the main floor. Many changes have happened over the years like a raspberry garden in the backyard, new metal siding a hot tub installed, a new breakfast nook, and new flooring almost everywhere. We had fun learning about Liz and Tom’s house! We hope you did too!!


  • 7.  826 South Black

By, Bailey and Daniel

        The Hanson house is a two story ranch style very interesting home. The owner of 826 South Black Avenue is Bob Hanson. This house was built in the mid 1960’s. He has been in this house for over 20 years. There have been changes over the years like, remodeling of the floors, clings and fireplace. This house has around 2,100 square feet. Bob had two children that went to Longfellow Elementary School, their names were Stephanie and Rebecca. All in all the Hanson family loves the Longfellow neighborhood.


  • 8.  904 South Black

By: Amelia and Eben

            The house we are going to tell you about was built in 1961. The first owner was Gary Christie who bought the house in 1962. He sold the house in 5 years. Ken LeClair was the designer of 904 South Black. So far there has been 9 owners. Now, Pam and Brian Blicker own this house. They know that an elderly Native American man was one of the 9 previous owners. The history of 904 South Black has been very interesting.

Many changes have happened over the years to this house. They have totally remodeled the inside, added on to the front, and made the garage bigger. Pam and Brian describe the house as ranch style with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. The house has 1600 square feet. Pam and Brian also say that they love living in the Longfellow neighborhood and they think it is a fantastic neighborhood to live in.


  • 9.  1006 South Black

By: Jocie

            This year in fifth grade we were assigned a house in the Longfellow neighborhood. My house was a very interesting house. The house is a traditional three story 60’s house. It was built in 1967 by Ken LeCLaire. It is 1,600 square feet not including the garage. Bob and Pat Paynich were the original owners. Now, Shirley Gerhart lives there. She has lived there for more than 33 years. Inside the house only the windows have been changed. Outside, they have enlarged the yard and patio. Five children have lived in this house. Three were the Paynich’s and two were the Gerhart’s. Living in the Longfellow neighborhood for Shirley is quiet and excellent. A unique thing is that the house is right on the Linear Trail and a creek runs through it. This house was very fun and interesting to research. Thank you.


  •  10. 412  South Tracy Avenue

By Norah

412 South Tracy Avenue is one of the historical houses near Longfellow Elementary. Now the owners are Dick and Bea Horswill. The Horswills have lived in this house for over thirty-eight years. The house itself was built over 101 years ago in 1907. The owners of the house are proud of the oak and fir woodwork and are glad that previous owners did not paint it. The designers and builders were John and Elmer Bartholomew. At one point in the house’s history, the top story of the building was a boarding house. For the rest of the history of the house it has been owned by a single family.

There is 2060 square feet of floor space. The owners of the house describe the architecture of the place as a two-story bungalow with a rock foundation made from rocks from Bridger Canyon brought to Bozeman in a wagon pulled by horses. An actor from western movies, Gary Cooper, used to live in this house.

Two of Bea and Dick’s kids attended Longfellow School. They loved living so close to school. The Horswills like to watch the children walk to school and hearing the bell ring and the kids at recess. In the dining room there is a stained glass window that lights up the room with colors.


  •  11.  501 South Tracy Avenue

By: Devon and Sellers

            Christine and Mark Hodgson purchased a historical home in Bozeman over 5 years ago. The house they bought is 501 S. Tracy Ave. This house was built in 1917. Louis and Maybell Howard were the first owners of this house and they bought it for $3,500! Before this house was a house it a lot with 148 acres. In 1875 William Babcock designed and purchased this lot. Fred Willson designed an addition to the back porch in 1948. Two more additions were made on the front of the house in the 50’s and another to the back and upstairs in 2003. Isabell M. Haynes lived there from 1942 up until 1993. Christine and Mark love living in the Longfellow neighborhood. It is an easy walk to school and they love seeing friends walk by. In 1996 this house won the Historic Preservation Award of Excellence. Christine and Mark couldn’t be happier with their historical home.

  • 12.  502 South Tracy

By Alex

        The owner of house 12 is Bossembrook Storm. Bossembrook has lived in 506 s. tracy for one and a half years. Bossembrook’s house was built in 1910. Bossembrook has no idea who the first owner of the house was. There was an addition of two bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a family room after the building was built, of course. Bossembrook has no idea who the builder was. The house is two-hundred square feet.


  • 13.  513 South Tracy 

By Bailey

In 1905 a late Victorian styled house was built. Now the owners of 513 South Tracy Avenue are the Schirmers.  They have only changed the roof and porch. The original was Jennie E. There are 2,100 square feet. The Schirmers have one photo of the original house. They have children who attended Longfellow and love it! The Schirmers love the Longfellow neighborhood.


  • 14.  519 South Tracy

By Amelia

519 South Tracy has been home to five different owners. In 1911 Jarvis M. Flint, president and manager of the Flint-Lynn Lumber Co., built the house and was the first owner. Next Arthur Abbot lived there. He was a supervisor of the US forest service. After him, Ms. Nancy Palanalp and her husband lived there. After that, Betsy Stahler and Dean Lueck were there. Now the current owners are Pam, Mac and Ava Westphal. They have lived here for over eight years. They think they live in a wonderful house.

Changes have occurred over the years to 519 South Tracy. In the 1970’s a south side addition was built, followed by north side addition in 2006. In the 1980’s the old attic became a full upstairs. The basement was added on in the 1920’s as well. Now the house has a grand total of 4,200 square feet. Pam describes her house as craftsman, bungalow style. Pam also says she met many of the previous owners and when they renovated in 2006 it was interesting to see where the old chimneys and windows were.

They say it is absolutely great living in the Longfellow Neighborhood. Pam even says her son Max said that they probably have the biggest front yard in Bozeman, the school. I had fun researching this great house.


  • 15.  601 South Tracy

by: Jocie

601 was a very historical house. It is a two-story house in the “Craftsman” style that was very popular through out the USA in the 1890’s to 1920’s. It was built in 1910 to 1911 by Harry H. Howard.  Not much is known on who lived in this house. The C. F. Ritter family lived there in the 1930’s and the Purdy family lived there in 19960’s. Barbara Turner (the woman I got my information from) bought the house from Richard Charlesworth in 2005. In some maps of the house the back two rooms were not included. I had a lot of fun researching this historical house.


  • 16.  615 South Tracy

Written by Tyler F.

        The Rogers moved to the house over 10 years ago. It was built in 1910. The first owners were the Peterson’s. There were A LOT of changes. Pluming, heating, and a new porch added in the front and back were just a few. John Bartholomew designed the house. The square feet of the house was 2800. The architecture was craftsman. Matson Rogers fell 20 feet from their roof and lived to tell the tale. They live at 615 S. Tracy Ave. The owners are Matson and Kathy Rogers.


  • 17.  619 South Tracy

By, Ari

        I was assigned a house to study and the houses address is 619 South Tracy Avenue. The original owners were the Landoe family. Now the owners are Valerie Roche, Joel Harris, and Clyde Harris. The time these people have lived in this house is a little longer than four and a half years. This house was built more than ninety six years ago in the year 1917. J. Bartholomew built and designed this house. This house must be nice because it is two thousand four hundred square feet in size. These people love living in the Longfellow neighborhood because of the kids that always walk by. Pablo Elvira, the opera singer lived in this house during his life. This looks like a nice house, even animals like it, I have seen a squirrel there a lot.


  • 18. 709 South Tracy Avenue

By Eben

        This house (709 South Tracy Ave.) was built in 1950. The owner- Johnathan Wirth- has lived there for three years. One of the previous people to own the house was Heinie Mocka (he owned the department store downtown). Jonathan Wirth says living in the Longfellow neighborhood is convenient.

The houses change (that Johnathan knows about) is an addition on the back. He also says that there’s a very steep front yard. The square footage is about 2,400 square feet give or take. The house is a bungalow type house. As you can see, 709 South Tracey Ave. is a very interesting house.


  •  19.  732 South Tracy

By: Jessica

            In 1932 the world was changed forever. A cute little house, 732 South Tracy, was built. It is not known who the original owner was or who built it. It is a bungalow that is 2000 square feet. A minister used to live here but now Mariana Downy lives here. She has lived here for 6 years. Marina has changed the house by adding a garage. She went to Longfellow and thinks living in the Longfellow neighborhood is wonderful.


  • 20.  733 South Tracy

by Hazel and Vivian

In 1905 a house was added to south Tracy.  The original owner was Jenny E. and Lyman J. Morgan, they had four children.  The land was originally owned by the Babcock family and has been resold many times.  The house has been remolded but restored back to its original condition.  The style of the house is late Victorian. The location had the kids who lived there go to Longfellow school. The previous owners lived there for 35 years and had a family of 11. This is a historic home and it carries many stories.


  • 21.  801 South Tracy Avenue

By: Naudia

801 S. Tracy ave. is one of the many historical houses near Longfellow. The owner now is Baird, he has lived in this house for over 2 years. The house was built in the early 1900’s. Baird has updated the bathroom and got a new living room.

The only history Baird knows about the house is that it is very old and that the house is 1,200 sq. feet. The people that lived in the house before Baird moved to England. Baird loves living near Longfellow.


  • 22.  807 South Tracy

By Daniel

The Rose Toth and Richard Swanson house is a very nice house. They have lived in this house for years and it has very mixed culture. Its address is 807 South Tracy and its first owner was Buittby Thomas B. Story. The house was built in 1939. When the Marcinko family lived there their children went to Longfellow Elementary School.

Some history about this is the Story family has a long history of settling in Bozeman. It has had many changes over the years including a sunroom and a rap-around porch. This house is one of a kind.


  • 23.  821 South Tracy Avenue

by Bailey

The owners of 821 south Tracy avenue are Alycia and Ruben Travis. They have lived in the ranch styled house for 6years and are the third owners. Some of the owners before were Fred Decker and Donald Cheever. Donald Cheever built this house and lived in it. There are 3,800 square feet. The only changes made to this house were a new roof, new paint and added gutters. Although there’s  a lot of traffic at 3:20pm on Monday- Friday, Alycia and Ruben love the Longfellow neighborhood.


  • 24.  824 South Tracy

By: Devon and Sellers

William Ensinger built 824 S. Tracy Ave. in 1921 and was the original owner of this house. Eleanor Barber has lived in this house for over 10 years and loves living in this busy, happy Longfellow neighborhood. An interesting thing is that a bee scientist lived there and built 3 bee houses. A lot of children lived there and attended Longfellow. Eleanor couldn’t be happier in this historical home.


  • 25.  1021 South Tracy

By: Mekayla

            Have you ever though of studying the Longfellow neighborhood? I’m studying 102 South Tracy Ave. Mrs. Betsy Danforth has been there for 9 years. The house got an addition to the back in 1964. The house was designed by John DeHaas [architect] and the original owner was John Bernice DeHaas. The house is approximately 2,900 sq. feet. The house she lives in is a mid-century modern style. Betsy thinks that it is great living in the Longfellow neighborhood.


  • 26.  1100 South Tracy

By Brynn

       Langohr’s flowerland started in 1913. The original owners were the Langohr’s. Over the years, a lot of changes have been made. Greenhouses have been built, rebuilt and then built again, they added a garage, a design space, storage place and a second floor. The Langohr family built Langohr’s flowerland. The greenhouses are about 1600 square feet and the rest of the buildings are about 10,000 square feet. No one actually lived here as it’s always been a business.  The employee’s have always enjoyed watching the people walking by taking their children to Longfellow School; it would lighten up their day.  The Langhor’s business would be about 115 years old if it were still standing today.


  • 27. 8 West Harrison Street

By Jono

The house at 8 West Harrison Street is very interesting.  It was build and designed by Fred Willson.  Did you know that it was built in 1940?  The first owner of this house was Jack Bartlett.  Jack Bartlett was in the Air Force.  This house is 4,000 square feet.  Dr. Sabo (one of the people that lived here) was a family physician for decades.  Dr. Sabo liked guns, and he practiced shooting in the basement.  The house has a huge backyard.  Isn’t this house cool?


  • 28.  5 West Cleveland

by: Jessica

In the 1920`s Bozeman was changed forever. A cute little house 5 West Cleveland was built. It is not known who designed and built this piece of art. It is also unknown who the original owner was. Greg Morgan was the last person to live there but Becky Mahurin lives here now. Becky has lived here for over 30 years. She has changed the house by adding on to the East and West sides of the house. Becky thinks that the Longfellow neighborhood is lovely and is a wonderful place to live.


  • 29. 18 East College

By Emily

George Reiser built the beautiful home at 18 East College.  It is 1,000 square feet on the first floor and basement.  The land was about as big as a ranch.  It was built in 1958.  The first owners were Dewey J. and Lois Johnson, who still live there today.  Two children who went to Longfellow were raised in the beautiful home.  You can tell a lot of memories and love were shared in this home.  Over time the owners installed a new front and back porch.  Even with the new additions you can still feel the love.  When you walk by the lovely home I hope you think about the love and beauty this home has provided.

The Opera House

Bozeman Opera House stained glass at the Museum of the Rockies. Image courtey

Dear Mrs. Babcock,

When the opera house was here it had a room for storage, a fire station, a police department, a library, a city hall, jail sells, a dressing room, and an opera house. John Bogart was mayor back then. He wanted the opera house so that Bozeman would be respected. They might get the capital. The opera house could fit over 900 people, and the seats were moveable. There was a heating tower to dry the hoses for the fire station. On opening day there was a bridge from the Bozeman hotel to the opera house. It was for women so they would not get their dresses wet. The jail cells were under the dressing room. The removable chairs were for meetings and dances.




Dear Mrs. Babcock,

The opera house played a very important part in Bozeman’s history. It was built in 1889 across the street of the Bozeman Hotel and showed people that Bozeman was a respectable city. It was also built to try and get Montana’s capital. Inside the Opera House, there was a public library, City Hall, a courthouse, a firehouse, and a tower for drying out the fire hoses. There also was a police station with three jail cells, one for women, two for men. The cells were located right underneath the actors’ dressing rooms. The opera house had a flagpole that was 100 feet tall, painted gold, and had an eagle figurine on top. The opera house also had a large auditorium that fit 900 people. The entry way was a sandstone arch, and above it was a beautiful stained glass. You can find the stained glass at the Museum of the Rockies.

You could find many people at the opera house. There even was a temporary bridge across Main Street into the opera house so people’s nice clothes wouldn’t get muddy. But when movie theaters came to Bozeman, the opera house wasn’t used quite as much. Later, the building was used for storage, and in 1965 it was torn down because the lack of usage and the amount of money that was needed to maintain it. As you can see, the opera house played a huge role in Bozeman History. For more information, find Dede Carson, who teaches art history at MSU and knows a lot about the Opera House.





Dear Mum,

The other day, my class and I went to the old site of the Opera House. We sat on the cold pavement in front of the lot where the place was located and listed to a presentation by Dede, a historian. In 1880, before Montana had a capital, the mayor was John Bogert. He enjoyed the arts, especially music and theature. When he heard that Montana was running for a capital, he quickly spiffed up our downtown with a fancy opera house. It was built in 1890. The building was also home to the city hall, fire dept, police dept and library. Three jail cells are located under the dressing room. There was one cell for women and two for men. The auditorium could seat up to 900 people.

Because the early Main Street was not paved, so there was a temporary bridge spanning the muddy road so the ladies with their elegant skirts would not get dirty before the show. The bridge spanned the gap between the Bozeman Hotel and the 2nd story of the Opera House. Around the 1920s, the old place became used for celabrations only (graduations, weddings, etc.). Eventually it was used for the storage of Christmas lights. Finally, in 1965, it was torn down, because it was not being used and too expensive to maintain.



Important People in Bozeman History

10 Important People – by Ari
  1. Frank Benepe was the eighth mayor of Bozeman, the years he was mayor were 1892-1895 and I lived my first year in his mansion.
  2. John Bozeman had wagon trains going though Bozeman before it was a town.
  3. John Colter spent time in the Bozeman area and there is now a run named after him.
  4. Jack Horner is and was a world famous dino digger.
  5. Ted Turner colorized movies and had a grill on the Bozeman main street.
  6. Malcolm Story had the story mansion named after him.
  7. William Beall attempted to plant wheat near Three Forks.
  8. Tomas Coover was accused of killing John Bozeman.
  9. Chet Huntly is a newsman for N.B.C.
  10. John Bogert was the first mayor.


10 Important People  – by Bailey

  1. John Bozeman: Bozeman is named after him.
  2. Nelson story: Brought cattle from Texas to Montana.
  3. John Jacobs: He blazed the Bozeman trail and guided miners through the Bozeman valley.
  4. Lester S Willson: He was a U.S civil war officer, merchant and Politian.
  5. James E Buck: A famous sculptor.
  6. Russel Chatham: A famous painter.
  7. Albert Schlechten: A famous photographer.
  8. John Mclennon: He got the medal of honor at the battle of Big Horn.
  9. David Thatcher: Army air force staff sergeant in WW11.
  10. Ed Anacker: Invented the Ridge Run.


10 Important People – by Claire

There are many people in Bozeman that stand out. Here are ten:


  1. John Bozeman led wagon trains through out Montana. He also helped start the town, which was named after him.
  2. Jim Bridger also led wagon trains but in a different root than John Bozeman. They both got to their destination, Virginia City, Montana within a few hours of each other.
  3. James J. Hill was one of the official founders of Bozeman in 1891.
  4. Nelson Story was the richest man in Bozeman. He was a millionaire.
  5. John Bogert was Bozeman’s first mayor.
  6. Rosa Beall was the first woman settler in Bozeman. She also donated the Beall Art Center (by Beall park.)
  7. William Beall platted Bozeman.
  8. Daniel Rouse built some of the first cabins and motels in Bozeman, and was one of the founders.
  9. Captain R.S. LaMotte founded Fort Ellis.
  10. Judge Judge­ was one of the first judges in Bozeman.


10 Important People – by Hazel

  • John Bozeman:  He led wagon trains through the Gallatin Valley.  He also laid out the town of Bozeman, Montana.
  • Nelson Story:  He was Bozeman’s first millionaire. He also helped found our town.
  •  Fred Wilson:  He was the architect of most of Bozeman’s historic buildings.
  •  Jim Bridger: He was a famous mountain man. He also mapped out most of the trails in Bozeman.
  •  Jack Horner:  He is a famous paleontologist.
  •  Sam Mendenhall: He was Bozeman’s first city manager.
  •  Greg Mortinson: He is the founder of the Pennies For Peace charity.
  •  Conrad Anker: He is a famous rock climber. He found Gorge Mallory’s body on Mount Everest.
  • John V. Bogert: He was Bozeman’s first mayor.
  •  Rosa Beall: She was the first woman to settle in Bozeman.


10 Important People – by Jessica

  1. John Bozeman is the father of Bozeman.
  2. Mrs. Babcock is my 5th grade teacher.
  3. My mom is a good person who helps me.
  4. Fred Wilson is the designer of Longfellow.
  5. Mr. Walthall is my principal.
  6. My dad is a good person and is helpful.
  7. Jim Bridger has Bridger, MT named after him.
  8. Lewis was a co-captain on the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  9. Clark was a co-captain on the Lewis and Clark expedition
  10. 10.Sam Mendenhall has Mendenhall Street named after him.


10 Important People to Bozeman – by Lizzie T.

John Bozeman – pioneer and founder of Bozeman Trail

William Clark – visited Bozeman area in July 1806 as he traveled east from Three Forks along the Gallatin River

Fred Willson – famous architect

Jim Bridger – famous explorer

John Jacobs – partnered with John Bozeman to found Bozeman Trail

Daniel Rouse – partnered with John Bozeman  to map out town of Bozeman in August 1864.

William Beall – partnered with John Bozeman  to map out town of Bozeman in August 1864.

Nelson Story – prominent cattleman and merchant in Bozeman’s early years

Jack Horner – world famous paleontologist

Deborah Butterfield – sculptor of horses whose art is in museums worldwide


10 Important People – by Jocie

1. John Bozeman – Bozeman’s namesake

2. Caroline Mcgill – the founder of the awesome Museum of the Rockies

3. James J. Hill – founded Bozeman

4. Jim Bridger – raced John Bozeman to the Virginia City area in the frontier years

5. Fred Wilson – founder of the first school in Bozeman, architect

6. Lewis and Clark – discovered the west

7. George Baxter – funded Baxter Hotel

8. Mayor Sean Becker – “ruler of the city, it all depends on him”

9. Mrs. Babcock – one of the best teachers ever

10. John Bogert – first mayor of Bozeman

_________________________________________10 Important People  – by Madison V.

1.  John Bozeman founded Bozeman

2.  Jim Briger was one of the first white men to come to Bozeman

3.  Augustus Ryon was the first president of M.S.U

4.  Dr. Caroline McGill founded the museum of the Rockies

5.  Henry Foster founded museum of the hospital

6.  Fred Willson designed Longfellow school.

7.  Nelson Story gave land for M.S.U.

8.  William Blackmore gifted sunset hills cemetery after his wife died.

9.  Daniel Rouse helped John Bozeman map the town.

10.   Rebecca Smith was a frontierswoman and raised children in the Gallatin Valley.

10 Important People  -by Mekayla

1. John M. Bozeman – The founder of Bozeman and the Bozeman trail

2. Caroline McGill founded Museum of the Rockies

3. Christene McDonnell was one of the few ladies to work at the Hospital

4. James J. – Also founded Bozeman

5. Fred Wilson – Built Longfellow, Irving, Hawthorn, and Wilson

6. Rosa Beall – the first white women to settle in Bozeman, Montana.

7. Lewis and Clark helped our community.

8. Jim Bridger helped make Bozeman.

9. John Jacobs also found Bozeman trail.

10. Our Mayor because he makes the city rules.

10 Important People – by Naudia

  1. John Bozeman – founded/established Bozeman.
  2. Ella J. Knowles Haskell – First woman to run for state attorney general and plead a case before the U.S. circuit court.
  3.  Nelson Story – Led the first cattle drive from Texas to Montana along the Bozeman trail, inspired Lonesome Dove and built the Story Mansion.
  4. Henry D. Washburn – Explored, named and established Yellowstone Park.
  5. Dr. Henry Foster – Built the first hospital.
  6. Fred Wilson – Built Longfellow, Irving, Hawthorne and Wilson.
  7. Nelson Story’s Sons – Built and named the Ellen Theatre the Ellen after their mom Ellen.
  8. Chet Huntly – Founded Big Sky Resort.
  9. Rosa Beall – First white woman to settle in Bozeman.
  10. Dean Folkvord – Founder of Wheat Montana.


10 Important People – By Nina

  1. John Bozeman founded Bozeman.
  2. Nelson Story was the 1st millionaire.
  3. William Tinsley and his family had to move during the Civil war.
  4. William H. Babcock named street Babcock.
  5. Leander Black helped to built 1st bank of Bozeman.
  6. Joseph Lindley had a big fight over water with Nelson Story.
  7. William Alderson one of the founders of Bozeman.
  8. Lewis and Clark helped discover the west (Montana).
  9. Sacagawea Native American was with Lewis and Clark.
  10. 10. Mrs. Babcock the best teacher ever!!!!!!!


10 Important People to Bozeman’s History – by Katherine

John Bozeman – who founded Bozeman and the Bozeman Trail

Albert Gallatin – U.S. Secretary of the Treasury when Lewis and Clark came through and named the area

Malcolm Story – drove the first cattle to Bozeman

Lady Blackmore – an English noblewoman whose husband died on the way out west here in Bozeman so she stayed.  Blackmore Peak is named after her.

Jim Bridger – frontiersman and trapper.  One of the first white people to live in the area.


Fred Willson – famous Bozeman architect

Leon Johnson – plant scientist at MSU

Jake Jabs – MSU alum that owned furniture stores throughout the West and recently donated $25 million to the MSU School of Business.

Conrad Anker and Alex Lowe – famous mountaineers

Mary Murphy, PhD – MSU college professor known for her work on women and mining in the West. (Kat’s mom’s graduate school advisor)


10 Important People  -by Josef

John Bozeman – he laid out Bozeman

Fred Willson – very commonly known architect

Julius Lehrkind – businessman

T. Byron Story – he built a fortune selling wool for uniforms during WWI

Dean Folkvord – runs Wheat Montana

Kevin Connolly – went to MSU, born without legs, wrote book, traveled to 17 countries on skate board

Jack Horner – famous paleontologist

Ted Turner – founder of CNN and TBS

Alex Lowe – famous mountaineer

Brannon Braga – worked on 3 / 4 modern Star Trek TV series and Star Trek films.


10 Important People  – by Jalen

John Colter – survived Indians and killed by an Indian

John Bozeman – started Bozeman

Gary Cooper -actor

Nelson Story – was a business man

Jan Stenerud – he played football in the NFL

Greg Mortenson -Three Cups of Tea

Jack Horner – paleontologist

Lester Willson – merchant

Jane Goodall – monkeys

Ted Turner – businessman


10 Important People  –

Lester Willson – in the Civil War

John Bozeman – named the town after him

Jim Bridger – Bridger mountains are named after him

Nelson Story – made a movie about him

Jan Stenerud – played for Bobcats and kicked a 59 yard field goal

Henry Comstock – Comstock apartments

Fred Willson – built Willson School in 1902

William H. Babcock – Babcock Street

William J. Beall – first log home in Bozeman built for school

John Jack Mendenhall – first sheriff 1865


10 Important People    – by Jon

William Clark – he was one of the first people to explore the Bozeman area.

John Bozeman – he and John Jacobs created the Bozeman Trail.  Bozeman was also named after him.

Jim Bridger – he opened up the Bridger Pass

Fred Willson – he designed a lot of schools an buildings in the town.

Sacajawea – she guided William Clark and Meriweather Lewis through the Bozeman area.

Nelson Story – he started what is now MSU and he was the first millionaire.

Daniel Rouse – he helped William Beall map the town.

William Beall – he helped Daniel Rouse map the town.

John Bogert – he was the first Mayor

Sam Mendenhall – he was the first city manager.


10 Important People – by Kaden

Chris Nauman – director of the D.B.A.

Fred Willson – he designed all the elementary schools

John Bozeman – discovered Gallatin County

Sean Becker – he’s the mayor

Nelson Story – rail road, rancher, founder

Thomas Byron Story – built the Story Mansion

Jack Horner – paleontologist

Jim Bridger – mojuntain man, pioneered for settling in Montana and Bozeman

Daniel E. Rouse – helped make plans

William J. Beall – he and Daniel Rouse built Bozeman.


10 Famous People in Bozeman History – by Chloe

1.  John Bozeman because Bozeman is named after John Bozeman.  He opened up the Bozeman Trail.

2. Jim Bridger – the Bridger Mountains are named after him

3. Nelson Story – Bozeman’s first millionaire, in 1893 he played a prominent role in the establishment of MSU.

4. Lester Willson – the Street Willson Avenue is named after him.  He was a merchant, politician and he established a bank.

5. Fred Willson – was an architect in Bozeman and designed many of the buildings that are here.  The Willson school was named after him.

6. Ellen Story – Nelson Story’s wife.  The Ellen Theater is named after her.

7. Gary Cooper – famous actor who went to school in Bozeman.

8. Jack Horner – famous paleontologist who lives in Bozeman and works at the Museum of the Rockies.

9. Albert Gallatin – planned the Lewis and Clark Expedition and they named part of the Missouri River after him.  There are numerous places named after him here in Bozeman.

10. William Alderson – one of the first settlers of Bozeman and suggested the name Bozeman after John Bozeman.


10 Important People – by Gyre

1. Nelson Story 1838 – 1926 Bozeman’s first millionaire

2. James Edward Martin – made the first plow in Montana

3. John Mendenhall – the first Territorial Sheriff of Gallatin County

4. John Bozeman – Bozeman’s namesake

5. Rosa Beall – first woman to settle in Bozeman

6. Waded Cruzado – current president of MSU

7. Fred Willson – famous architect

8. Linda Babcock – teacher that’s been teaching for longer than I can count.

9. Conrad Anker – Everest climber

10. Loren Acton – NASA shuttle astronaut


10 Important People –

1. John Marion Bozeman

2. Fred Willson

3. George Dieruf – Powderhorn

4. Dr. Henry Foster – hospital

5. Joe Danhof – Chevrolet

6. Frank Benepe – Ace

7. Mr. Davison – Ace

8. Roland Renne – MSU P.

9. John Tinsley – Tinsley House at M.O.R.


10 Important People – by Oliver

1. John Bozeman – he laid out the city of Bozeman.  I chose this person because he founded our town.

2. Fred Willson – He was one of the first architects in Bozeman.  I chose him because I would like to be an architect.

3. Jim Bridger – he was one of the first explorer men in the area.  I chose him because he was a famous trapper and many other things.

4. Alex Lowe –  in 1999 he was considered the best mountain climber before he dies.  I chose him because I love to climb.

5.Nelson Story – he became the first millionaire (back then!).  He also had the biggest cattle drive.  I chose him because he was the first millionaire.

6. Walter Cooper – he was a pioneer of Bozeman.  I chose him because he made sure that there was a Cooper Park.

7. Dave Gaillard – he helped save the carnivores in the area.  Because I knew him before he died.

8. Tanner Hall – he was born in Bozeman and he is one the best skiers in the U.S.  I chose this person because I love to ski.

9. Cruzado – she is the first female to be an MSU President.  I chose her because she is the first woman to be an MSU President.

10. Chief Long Hair – was a famous Absalooke (Crow) Chief.  I chose this person because the Crow have been here for

more than 1000 years.


10 Important People – by Daniel

1. John Bozeman – established Boze3man

2. Nelson Story – first cattle drive from Texas

3. Henry D. Washburn – General of Montana

4. Denise Juneau – first American Indian woman elected state-wide

5. Lester S. Willson – Civil War officer

6. Lewis – traveled through what is known as the Gallatin Valley

7. Clark – traveled through what is known as the Gallatin Valley.

8. Sacajawea – guided Lewis and Clark through what is known as the Gallatin Valley

9. Jim Bridger – brought first wagon train through Bozeman

10. John Colter – went to hunt in the Gallatin Valley and captured by Indiana.  Was forced to strip and run for his life.


10 Important People – by Nora

1. John Bozeman – 1860s  He created trails for miners to get to the Gallatin Valley so that they could get food and supplies here.  He helped people homestead in the area, and created the town of Bozeman.

2. Fred Willson – He was an architect who between 1909 and 1956 designed hundreds of buildings in Bozeman.

3. Jim Bridger – He was a mountain man in the 1830’s who hiked and mapped the Bridgers.

4. Cindy Cristin – She is a family friend who has helped thousands of kids in Bozeman learn to read.

5. Dorothy Eck – She is an elderly Bozeman woman who served many years as a Democratic legislator.

6. Cindy Andrus – She is a city commissioner who is trying to make Bozeman a better place to live.

7. Mrs. Babcock – She is a 5th grade teacher at Longfellow who has educated Bozeman kids for 37 years.

8. Jane Klockman – She is in her 80’s and was born and raised in Bozeman.  She has fought to keep the Story Mansion a public building.

9. TeJay Vangarderen – He was born in Bozeman and was the fastest rider under 25 years old in “Le Tour de France”.

10. Story Hill – They are folk singers from Bozeman who have written songs about the Gallatin county.


10 Important People – by Jackson

1. John Bozeman – he founded Bozeman

2. Fred Willson – he designed many buildings in Bozeman

3. Nelson Story – first long horned cattle to Montana

4. Waded Cruzado – first female president of MSU

5. Jack Horner – paleontologist at Museum of the Rockies

6. John Bogert – first mayor of Bozeman

7. John Mendenhall – first Sheriff of Gallatin County

8. Daniel Rouse – drew places to Bozeman town site

9. William Alderson – publisher of Bozeman’s first newspaper

10. Alex Lowe – world famous mountaineer; died in 1999.


10 Important People

1. John Bozeman – he opened the Bozeman Trail and established it.

2. Fred Willson – an architect who built most Bozeman schools

3. Jim Bridger – discovered the mountains then named Bridgers

4. Chris Boyd – he established parks and trails

5. Lester Willson – Fred Willson’s dad

6. Albert Gallatin – Gallatin Valley was named after him

7. James Madison – Madison River is named after him

8. Thomas Jefferson – sent Lewis and Clark to discover Bozeman

9. Nelson Story – donated land

10. Rosa Beall – donated land

10 Important People – by Sam

1. John Bozeman – brought wagon trains to Bozeman

2. Nelson Story – founder of the city

3. Fred Willson – famous architect

4. Jim Bridger – pioneered the area

5. Rosa Beall – gave Beall Park to the city

6. Lady Blackmore – named Mount Blackmore

7. T. J. Vangarderen – Tour de France and Olympic biker

8. Champ – Bobcat mascot

9. President Cruzado – University president

10. Nikki Kimball –  ultra track runner


10 Important People to Bozeman History! – by Brianna

1. John Bozeman –  because our city is named after him

2. Nelson Story – because he was a gold miner

3. Fred Willson – because he made Longfellow, Irving, Willson

4. Lester S. Willson – because he was a U.S. Civil War officer in the Union Army

5. Roland R. Renne – he served at Montana State College

6. Greg Mortenson – because he is a founder of Pennies for Peace

7.  The Sioux Indians – because they are American people

8. Dan Bailey – because he was a fly shop owner

9. Conrad Anker – because he was a famous rock climber

10. Thomas Francis Meagher – because he was an Irish nationalist


10 Important People – by Norah

  • John Bozeman– He was the founder of Bozeman and he lead most of Bozeman’s first inhabitants here in a wagon train of emigrants and gold miners.
  • Jim Bridger– In a way, it was his fault that John founded Bozeman because he raced Bozeman to Virginia City near which Bozeman was


  • Fred Wilson– He designed some of our oldest schools (Longfellow, Irving, Hawthorne and Wilson schools).
  • The Story family– They drove cattle through Bozeman and established the first cow herd near here.
  • Captains Lewis and Clark– Were the first whites to explore the this area.
  • Marvin Shaw– My grandpa; he taught generations of college students about religious philosophy.
  • William Horace Clagett-Made the Act of Dedication bill which lead to the creation of Yellowstone.
  • John Jacobs– He was Bozeman’s partner as he lead the wagon train to VC.
  •  Henry Edgar– Discovered gold in Virginia City, which made Bozeman prosperous.
  • Jeannette Rankin– From MT, first woman in congress, fought for woman’s suffrage. Only person to vote against WWI and WWII


10 Important People – by Sellers

  1. Captain Lewis- because without him there would be no access to the west
  2. Captain Clark-because without him there would be no access to the west
  3. President Jefferson- because he was the one who came up for the idea for the expedition
  4. John Bozeman- because he was the founder of our town
  5. Jim Bridger-because he and John Bozeman raced to Virginia City and without him John Bozeman would have not found this town
  6. Sacagawea- because she assisted the expedition.
  7. Nelson Story- because he is one of the founders of our town
  8. Greg Mortenson- because he lived in Bozeman and gave money to an institute in need
  9. Fred F. Willson- because he has his own street and designed a bunch of buildings downtown
  10. Heather McPhie- because she was a freestye skier that was on the U.S. Olympic team in 2010


10 Important People – By Sophia

  • Mr. John Bozeman brought wagons and immigrants to Bozeman
  • Mr. Don Despain is a Montana scientist
  • Mr. Albert Schlechten is a Montana photographer
  • Mr. David Quammen is a writer, he writes about nature and science
  • Miss Alma Jacobs was the first African American librarian
  • Mr. James Hill was a railroad executive
  • Mr. Nelson Story was one of the richest men in Bozeman
  • Mr. William Henry named Fort William Henry
  • Miss Dorthy Baker is a journalist
  • Mr. Fred Willson designed most of the buildings downtown


10 Important People – by Daniel

1.John Bozeman-Town Founder

2.John Bogert-First mayor

3.Nelson Story-Founding father

4.Luther Foster-First president of M.S.C.

5.Jeremiah Mathews-Founder of Bozeman Hot Springs

6.Jan Stenerud-pro football player from Bozeman(was also a ski jumper from Norway)

7.Jack Horner-a famous paleontologist

8.Greg Mortenson-humanitarian

9.Chet Huntly-newsman (on NBC)

10.Heather McPhie-Olympic member of freestyle ski team

Fred Fielding Willson…by Owen

Old photo of building designed by Fred Willson from Wikipedia

Old photo of building designed by Fred Willson from Wikipedia

Fred Fielding Willson was born to American Civil War General Lester S. Willson and Emma Weeks Willson on November 11, 1877 and died on August 13, 1956.  He was an important figure in Bozeman history as he designed many buildings including the Ellen Theatre, the Baxter Hotel, the Emerson school, and the Willson School.  He attended Bozeman public schools and the Bozeman Academy before studying at Montana State University and later receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture at Columbia University.  Willson then worked for two years under architect C. S. Haire before starting his extended tour of Europe where he studied in the Ecole des Beaux-arts in Paris.  When he returned to New York in 1906 he began working for Visscher & Burley. Later that year he moved to Butte and took over the offices of Link & Haire.  After working for them for four years, he returned to Bozeman as an independent architect until 1928.  From 1928 through 1932 he worked in the Shanley, Willson &  Hugin partnership.  From 1932 until his death in 1956 he once again worked as an independent architect.

Willson was an important figure in the community and was on the city council and the city commission.  He was also on the Montana State Board of Architectural Examiners for licensing, and was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  Will married Helen Fisher on October 15, 1913 and had three children, Lester, Virginia and Beverly.  In conclusion, Fred Willson was an important architect and a favorite figure in the community.

List of his buildings:

(NRHP listed works)

  • Barrett Hospital, Chapman and S. Atlantic Streets, Dillon, Montana
  • Jack Bartlett House, 8 W. Harrison, Bozeman, Montana
  • Belgrade City Hall and Jail, Broadway at Northern Pacific Blvd., Belgrade, Montana (1912)
  • Blackmore Apartments, 120 S. Black St., Bozeman, Montana
  • Bozeman Armory, 24 W. Mendenhall, Bozeman, Montan
  • Coca-Cola bottling plant that is part of the Bozeman Brewery Historic District, 700 – 800 North Wallace St., Bozeman, Montana
  • Bozeman Sheet Metal Works, 26 S. Grand, Bozeman, Montana
  • Bozeman YMCA, 6 W. Babcock, Bozeman, Montana
  • Club Moderne, 811 E. Park, Anaconda, Montana  (1937)
  • Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home, 113 S. Willson, Bozeman, MT
  • Eagle’s Store, 3 Canyon Street., West Yellowstone, MT
  • Emerson School, 111 S. Grand Ave., Bozeman, MT
  • First Baptist Church, 120 S. Grand., Bozeman, Mt
  • Gallatin County Courthouse, 301 W. Main, Bozeman, MT
  • Gallatin County High School, 404 W. Main, Bozeman, MT
  • Gallatin County Jail, 317 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT
  • Graf Building, 219 W. Arthur, Bozeman, MT
  • Hamill Apartments, 427 E. Main, Bozeman, MT
  • Hotel Baxter, 105 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT
  • One or more works in Main Street Historic District, 100 block, W. Main to 300 block E. Main, Bozeman, MT
  • One or more works in Northern Pacific – Story Mill Historic District, roughly bounded by the Northern Pacific Railroad fight-of-way and the Story Mill spur line from Wye to Bridger Canyon Rd., Bozeman, MT
  • Sacajawea Hotel, Three Forks, Montana
  • One or more works in South Tracy – South Black Historic District, 200 -600 blocks of S. Tracy & S. Black Aves., Bozeman, MT
  • One or more works in South Willson Historic District, Willson Ave. between Curtiss and Arthur Streets, Bozeman, Montana
  • Story Motor Company, 202 W. Main, Bozeman, Montana


Other notable works

Lehrkind Breweryh Building, Bozeman, Montana


-Fred F. Willson, Wikipedia

-Montana state government Death certificate.

Walter Cooper…by Harry

Walter Cooper

Photo of Walter Cooper from The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Walter Cooper had an interesting life.  He was a busy man.  He came to Montana in 1863.  Six years later, in 1869, he settled in Bozeman.  He married Miriam Skeels in 1870.  The first of their three children was Miriam, born 20 years after their marriage.  He had many jobs.  He was a coal miner, merchant and miller.  He was a gunsmith.  He upgraded guns and made long-range hunting rifles.  In 1902 he had a business.  It was the Walter Cooper Co.lumbering.  They made 2.5 million railroad ties and other timber products.  In 1889 he had Bozeman Water Works Co., the most perfect system of waterworks in the Northwest.  He operated the largest four mill in the state.  Walter Cooper was very interesting.

John Mendenhall…by Daniel

John Mendenhall (Real One)

Photo of John Mendenhall from the bozeman daily chronicle

John Mendenhall was an important figure in Bozeman’s history.  He was born on October 18, 1853, in Vebay, Indiana.  John married Mary Mendenhall.  He then came to Bozeman in 1865 with his buddies to look for gold.  Twenty to 30 men went with “Jack”, his nickname from his friends.  His pine Queen Anne-style home is at 521 South Willson, and he built it himself.  He was Gallatin County’s first sheriff in 1865.  Thirty-four men voted for him.  John constructed the first saloon in Bozeman with some help from Achilles Lamme.  John died in 1869, and rests in Lindley Park.  John’s son, Sam Mendenhall, became the first city manager.  That is the story of John Mendenhall.