Henry Clay Lovell House Site
Mr. Lovell rarely slept in this well furnished home, reserving it for his housekeeper and cook Lettie Ruble. It was a large one and a half story structure standing amidst a grove of cottonwoods.The house was built with lumber hauled to the site by wagon from Billings and Bridger.
There was a set of double doors in the living room, opening into the dining room. A second doorway led from the dining room into the central hall, and a third into the kitchen. The kitchen was in an ell, and could be also entered through a doorway in its north elevation.
At the west end of the kitchen was a flight of steps descending into the basement. On the north side of the central hall, in addition to the office, were two bedrooms and a bathroom. The bathroom was between the bedrooms. A stairway led upstairs, where there were more bedrooms.
Unfortunately the house, which was at one time lit by carbide lamps, was destroyed by fire in the 1930’s. This rather large home was a centerpiece of the ML ranch. It symbolized the success Henry Lovell had attained with his ranching outfit.
Last updated: February 24, 2015