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Celebrating 100 Years!: End of one of old landmarks of Price: Marsh House Razed

Carbon High School band in Black Diamond parade sometime in the 1950s.

Citizens of Price this week witnessed the passing of an old landmark in the razing of the old Marsh adobe residence which was torn down by Geo A. Nixon. This building is linked with the very earliest history of the town of Price, being the first dwelling erected on the townsite, twenty-five years ago. Added interest in the "dobe" comes from the fact that at various times it has been home to at least half of the present residents of the city. And the passing of this old landmarks come within a week of the city's celebration of its advent into the proud classification as a city of the third class.

The Marsh house was built a quarter of a century ago by Clarence Marsh, the first railroad agent in Price. It was built shortly after the completion of the D. & R G Railroad through this valley. It first served as a home for Charles Marsh and wife, parents of the builder. Shortly after its completion Mrs Marsh died and for a long time the elder Marsh batched in the house and because of the many eccentricities of the two Marshes the house soon became known as "the Marsh House." The elder Marsh occupied only the rear rooms as his living apartments and rented the front rooms. It was during this period that so many of the present citizens of Price made this house their home for short periods of time. Clarence Marsh, the builder, is at present at Shoshone, Idaho, having left here more than ten years ago. At that time the town had only about 300 inhabitants, and should these lines happen to fall before his gaze they will no doubt be read with great interest.

Being a "dobe" house the material for the construction of the Marsh house was made for the most part on the site of the building, and the actual cash outlay for its erection was very small, but at that time it was the city of Price, and naturally was of sufficient importance to become known to all the settlers in this vicinity at that time.

Mr. Nixon has leased his hotel and will build a modern cottage on the site of the old building. He will devote his time to the sale of lots in what is now known as the Nixon addition to Price, the tract of land platted being the old J. W. Warf place.




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