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Spirit of the American Doughboy - Columbia Falls, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 21.506 W 114° 12.647
11U E 706608 N 5359899
Quick Description: This Doughboy was not originally located at the Soldiers' Home. It is a World War I Veterans' Memorial now located at the Montana Veterans' Home with a pair of cannons mounted at its front.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 12/28/2014 10:14:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMN55K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1
Views: 1

Long Description:
The memorial stands between the parking lot and the main building of the Montana Veteran's Home in Columbia Falls, MT. In front of the statue are two bronze cannons, possibly of Civil War vintage. The statue, due to its importance as an artwork, is a contributing object to the Montana Soldiers' Home Historic District.

Dedicated by the Flathead Legion Post of Kalispell on November 11, 1928, this Doughboy originally stood in front of the Flathead County courthouse on Main Street in Kalispell. It remained there for 44 years until being moved to the Montana Veterans' Home in the southwest corner of Columbia Falls in 1972.

Prior to the move to Columbia Falls, the Doughboy sustained some damage to his right arm and the rifle, each having been bent somewhat. The rifle sling is also missing.

Below is the text from this statue's page at the Viquesney Doughboy Database.

Doughboy

The inscription on the plaque (also done by Viquesney) reads:
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
OUR COMRADES WHO ENTERED THE SERVICE
OF THEIR COUNTRY
FROM FLATHEAD COUNTY
AND WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE WORLD WAR
---
PRESENTED BY FLATHEAD POST NO. 7 AMERICAN LEGION
NOV. 11, 1928

Doughboy This Doughboy originally stood in Kalispell, Montana, in the Main Street median in front of the Courthouse. It was moved to to the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls and rededicated there in 1972. The Flathead American Legion Post mentioned on the inscription was in Kalispell.

The plaque was illustrated in one of Viquesney’s promotional brochures.

The small cannons at the base and a flagpole were added when the statue was moved.

The rifle sling is missing and the rifle barrel is bent downward. There is a lot of discoloration, and the sculpture would benefit from cleaning and other restoration work. The right arm is also bent forward.

The photo at left, taken in 1963, shows the Doughboy before its move from Kalispell, with the rifle and right arm in their original condition.
From the Viquesney Doughboy Database

Doughboy

Where is this statue located?: Other

Which branch of the Military does this statue depict?: Army

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