Fort AssinniboineA battlement-topped octagonal turret—a traditional military architectural symbol—distinguishes Fort Assinniboine's Company Officers' Quarters. Built in 1880 under supervision of Major J. C. C. Lee, the six-unit building asserted permanency and sophistication despite geographic isolation. The architecture particularly impressed a reporter visiting from Fort Benton in 1881, who called the buildings "strikingly handsome." Usually, two unmarried junior infantry officers resided in each apartment. Unmarried junior cavalry officers lived in a second apartment building that once flanked the northeast end of officer's row. The first floors of the almost identical apartments feature a vestibule, a parlor with a brick fireplace and decorative wooden mantel, a dining room, and a kitchen. A staircase with a turned wooden banister leads to the second-floor bedrooms. The officers occupied the two front bedrooms; their servants lived in the two rear bedrooms, accessed by a separate staircase. A senior officer lived in the apartment with the tower, which had two additional rooms. The apartments' spacious and well-appointed interiors reflect the relative luxury that surrounded even the fort's junior officers when not on patrol.
|Placed By||Montana Historical Society; Department of the Interior, National Register of Historic Places|
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|Date Added||Monday, November 18th, 2019 at 1:02pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||12U E 588945 N 5372369|
|Decimal Degrees||48.49815000, -109.79598333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 48° 29.889', W 109° 47.759'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||48° 29' 53.34" N, 109° 47' 45.54" W|
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