Austin North House
Known as The Castle, the Austin North House is a historic home erected in 1902.
Backstory and Context
Austin North was born in Iowa in 1869 where he grew up on a farm. After taking some college courses, he moved to Billings in 1883. He found work in the post office and then with the Northern Pacific Railroad. He founded his company on January 1, 1892 and got married two years later. He helped developed many subdivisions, a country club, and city athletic field, and was also a part owner of the Billings Daily Gazette. Unfortunately, his life was cut short when he fell from a tree in San Antonio in 1928. Subsequent owners of the house have kept it in good condition. The current owner converted the carriage house into a guest house and the stable is now a restaurant.
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