Pierre Wibaux House

Orgain Ave., Wibaux, Montana

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Wibaux MT Pierre Wibaux House

Photo taken by David Jones in June 2019

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Description 

"Pierre Wibaux, scion of a distinguished French textile family, arrived here at the settlement of Mingusville in 1883, establishing a cattle ranch about 12 miles north. His herds fared well during the devastating “Hard Winter of 1886-1887,” after which he borrowed family money to buy out less fortunate ranchers. By the mid-1890s, his ranch was one of the largest cattle operations in the nation, running about 65,000 head of cattle and 300 of horses. He sold from 3,000 to 9,000 cattle each year. Wibaux and others persuaded the Northern Pacific Railroad to build stockyards here in 1883, and to enlarge them in 1894. Wibaux campaigned to have Mingusville platted and renamed for him, both of which occurred in 1894. Two years previously, he and Henry Boice of the Berry-Boice Cattle Company had built this office/residence. Wibaux soon took it over completely, and used it during the week to oversee his business interests. The building faced north until W. A. Orgain, a local merchant, purchased the property in 1903 and moved the building to the rear and facing west. Originally it was surrounded by a lush park of grass and arbored vines tended by a French gardener, the water for irrigation and two artificial ponds supplied by an elevated tank filled by a windmill." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 10, 1971
Reference number
71000483
NR name
Wibaux, Pierre, House
Architectural style
Victorian
Area of significance
Agriculture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1892

Update Log 

  • July 17, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • June 7, 2019: New photos from David Jones

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