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Carriage Works

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1895, William Diehl, builder. 237 N. Cascade Ave. (southwest corner of N. 3rd St.)

“Studebaker Bill” Diehl built this 21-by-57-foot barnlike structure, just north of his surviving 1885 frame house, to repair wagons and farm machinery and sell Studebaker wagons. The dilapi-dated two-story frame building with boarded-up windows has the only remaining unaltered false front in Montrose. The front is covered in shiplap siding, while the other walls are vertical boards. A blacksmith forge remains, although its chimney has collapsed. Seventeen-year-old Jack Dempsey is said to have trained in one of the back rooms for his first big fight in 1912 at the Montrose Masonic temple before becoming the world champion heavy-weight (1919–1926).

Writing Credits

Author: 
Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Carriage Works", [Montrose, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-MO02.

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 579-579.

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