The House on the Hill, Somers, Montana, U.S.A.

Bryan D. Spellman

Plains, United States

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James J. Hill, the Empire Builder, thought that the abundant forests at the northern end of Flathead Lake would supply all the timber he needed for railroad ties as my pushed the Great Northern Railway across the northern Rocky Mountains toward Seattle and Puget Sound. He entered into an agreement with John O’Brien, a Minnesota lumberman, who was to manage the sawmill in the new company town of Somers, Montana. In 1903, O’Brien had his mansion built on top of the hill in the center of town. From his perch, he could see everything going on below him, including the ice skaters on Flathead Lake.

Today, the house is one of the most visible landmarks of the town, visible from every approach, although its equally impressive barn is best viewed as you drive north on U.S. 93. The house sports 14 bedrooms and has over 8,000 square feet of floor space. Not bad for a country home in 1903 (or even 2017).

Taken April 14th, 2017 in Somers, Montana, USA.

Nikon D7100 DSLR, Nikkor 16-85 mm lens set at 85 mm. ISO 400, f /14, 1/250th second. Shot in RAW format, finished (minimally) in Photoshop CC2015.

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