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Trail End (John B. Kendrick Mansion)


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From the time the home was started in 1908, and July 16, 1913, when it was ready for occupancy, John B. Kendrick was on the fringe of a political career which took him to the Governor's office in 1914, and to the U.S. Senate in 1917. Trail End, which was built at a cost estimated at $160,000 including major furnishings, became a summer home due to Kendrick's political success. The architect for Trail End was William MacAlister of Billings, Montana, and the interior designer was another architect, D. Everett Waid of New York City. Good workmanship and the best materials were employed from foundation to roof and the result is a blending of beauty and sturdiness. The foundation is built of Indian limestone but everything above is brick, laid in a difficult old Flemish bond pattern. A dark mahogany woodwork is an interior feature, and 36 box cars of it were shipped from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The tile and marble throughout the house was made to order by a firm in Omaha, Nebraska. Ceilings and walls of the home not covered by paneling were covered with canvas and hand painted by a New York artist. The home is an outstanding example of many other homes built between 1880 and 1910 by cattlemen in the developing towns and cities of the high plains and mountain states. Today Trail End is a State Historic Site.



Date Added to Register:
Thursday, February 26, 1970
Sheridan County
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