c. 1900 – Lima, MT

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Added to OHD on 10/23/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   19 Comments
Off Market / Archived

Main St, Lima, MT 59739

  • $49,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1.99 Ac.
Historical Lima Home, and former Lima Hospital. Home is in poor shape but could be renovated with extensive work. Historical buildings on site. Private expansive lot-build a new home, bring in your RV for recreation or a modular to stay. Multitude of options on this piece. Larger parcel for the area gives you numerous options to meet the parameters for your place in Montana.

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19 Comments on c. 1900 – Lima, MT

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  1. RossRoss says: 2456 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This house & property are the poster child for Damsel In Distress!

    Would love to see what is inside the house.

  2. says: 78 comments

    I wonder how old the other buildings are. They look quite a bit older than the house.

  3. JimHJimH says: 4949 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Wow. You could make a really awesome home putting a few of those structures together.
    The place is here: https://goo.gl/maps/7ZZzUsCuks82
    The house is the first one just below the park and the property runs to the right of the park.
    There are 2 old photos here: http://limamt.com/?page_id=4
    In the photo South Main Street it’s the house on the left.
    In the photo Street in Lima it’s just left of center.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11892 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Wow, those are so cool!!! Thanks for finding them. So they called it the old hospital in the description but the one photo shows it as Dr. Ford’s office and drugstore. I wonder then when it was used for a hospital or if it was at all? Very cool history, would be a cool place to save and restore.

  4. Sue S. says: 280 comments

    Boy, did this one catch my eye! Hubby is in the Lima area as I speak, hunting with his best friend. Anyway, I’d guess that “hospital” in this case meant what it often did in very small frontier towns — a few beds in a room in back of the doctor’s office where patients could stay for a bit or where more serious cases could be kept until they could be moved to the bigger hospital in Dillon to the north. I’m just guessing.

    P.S. Some searching has come up with a few anecdotes about Dr. Ford: http://oldpaperart.blogspot.com/2009_06_01_archive.html (first item on that page).

    Also found in an October 1st, 1937 edition of The Montana Standard (Butte newspaper): Sept. 30. — Special) — The funeral of Dr. L. C. Ford Sr. old-time resident of Lima who died at his home there last night, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in Lima. Evergreen lodge No. 45, A. P. and A. M.. will have charge of the services, with a Knights Templar ????? escort. Interment will be made in the Lima cemetery. Dr. Ford was born in los-a (?) 85 years ago and came to Lima In 188!) as a railroad physician for. the Union Pacific. There he had made his home ever since. For many years he was the only physician In the southern Part of the county and as such, was required to travel great distances In making calls. He was the old type of country physician, however, and no obstacles were too great for him to overcome when he received a call for his services, • • He was active in the Masonic fraternity. He was the oldest surviving past master of Evergreen lodge, a past patron of Elva Boardman chapter. Order of Eastern star; In Lima: a member of Dillon chapter No. 8, •R. A. M., and St. Elmo commanders’, Knights Templar,’In Dillon. Surviving him are his widow, two daughters. Mrs. Lucy Walker of Dillon and Mrs. Addle Wilson ot Lima, and a son, L. C. Ford Jr.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11892 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Interesting. Thanks Sue! I wish there were more photos of Lima, I only see a couple and not that detailed. From this website: “Lima is located just North of the Idaho border in Montana. It is adjacent to I-15 and is about 30 miles South of Dillon. It was founded in 1880 as bustling Union Pacific Railroad Service Center with a 14 bay roundhouse plus turntable, the population peaked at 2,000 citizens. By 1900, the railroad established its tracks northward and left Lima with a population of 400. As the railroad business subsided, the roundhouse and turntable were dismantled and the depot was burned in 1960. Today, the population is less than 300 but trains continue to whistle through weekly.

      The historic buildings remain in arrested decay, occupied as homes and businesses. The town first named Alderdice for a previous settlement to the NW, then named SpringhIll for its mountain water, and finally named Lima, after a entrepreneur and landowner from Lima, Wisconsin.

      Lima was the ideal location for the Union Pacific Railroad service center because it has an excellent supply of water to supply the steam engines that powered the locomotives in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It is also near the continental divide and was an ideal location to add or subtract locomotives as they switched from going up hill to going down hill and vie versa.”

  5. Theresa says: 41 comments

    Close to Yellowstone park, so really amazing location. I don’t think it will last long.

  6. Sue S. says: 280 comments

    It’s close to Yellowstone NP as the crow flies, but not driving. You either have to go around mountain ranges on highways or take dirt roads that are iffy in bad weather (and closed in the winter). While it is a very beautiful area, it’s also remote — few amenities, little cell phone coverage, etc. If you like that kind of privacy — and many do — it’s great. But there just is not much there as far as stores, places to eat, and so on. I wouldn’t mind having a hunting cabin there but wouldn’t want to live there.

    • Theresa says: 41 comments

      That’s all true I’m sure, I didn’t check the details. However I love that part of the country, it’s just stunning!

      • Sue S. says: 280 comments

        Yes, I didn’t mean to sound like a wet blanket about it! Obviously, I love it too since I live in Montana, but looking at a map can be really deceptive if you’re not familiar with the mountains, routes, etc. Very beautiful area.

        • Theresa says: 41 comments

          No problem! I have lived there too. The last place I lived was Arlee on the Flathead reservation, and I just love it. If I can find something not too expensive I want to move back there in the next year. That area is a possibility for me.

          • Sue S. says: 280 comments

            Cool ! The Flathead area is getting expensive again, after the recession of a few years ago. Dillon is one place I’d love to live, north of Lima. Lots of cool old houses, a bazillion outdoor rec activities all around.

  7. EyesOnYou1959EyesOnYou1959 says: 283 comments
    Lincoln, NE

    That’s sad, so very sad. Letting it go to pot like that. It would be way
    too much work for me!

  8. Roger says: 3 comments

    I travel through this area about every 6 weeks and stop at the rest area just a city block from this house. I just stopped there yesterday, visited the house, and since the back door was wide open, stepped inside. I intended to take interior photos to pass on to all, but it wasn’t worth it. Trust me! The foundation is crumbling, the floors are seriously sloping. Gross stuff splattered on the walls, and I thought that I might just fall through the floor. In fact, I’ve visited several ghost towns in Montana, and this reminds me of some. Arrested decay is not the correct term here. Just plain “decaying” is more like it. Sorry to be so negative, and I love the Montana country, but this house and property do not represent the mental image most old house lovers feast on. I’ve been remodeling my own historic old house now for the last 17 years, and know a thing or two about the surprises and money pits associated with it. And I wouldn’t touch this one with a 10 foot pole.

    By the way, if someone really wants pics, let me know and I’ll toughen-up and take them for you.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11892 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks for the report. I’m an optimist, even if a rebuild it would be a cool place to replicate, if someone doesn’t mind satisfaction rather than monetary gain.

    • RossRoss says: 2456 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      I have taken on several houses with crumbling foundations, sloping floors, and not just arrested decay but active decay.

      Each house was stunning once restored.

      The Colonial-era house I once owned in Rhode Island had been condemned before I purchased it.

    • Theresa says: 41 comments

      Don’t endanger yourself. I have been in many abandoned houses and you have to be extremely cautious. If you decide to do it anyway, make sure you have someone with you and have them stay outside or at the very least have your cell phone with you and that you have service. Be careful.

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