Cooper Park Historic District
The Cooper Park Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
Bozeman's early 20th Century expansion is evidenced by this district of modest, middle class houses dating primarily from that period. The boundaries for this district conform quite closely to the gap in development between Third Ave. and the State Agricultural College as shown on an 1898 bird's eye view of the city. Cooper Park was included on the plat for this area before any construction took place in the district. The park is an example, on a very small scale, of formalized, early 20th Century city planning. It may have been intended to be a part of the 8th Ave. boulevard, which was laid out in 1891 to lead up to the proposed State Capitol building, which Bozeman at that time coveted. Many of the houses in this historic district were designed by the prominent local architect Fred Willson and a number were built as speculative ventures by carpenters such as Elmer Bartholomew, Guy Ensinger, William Cline, Ora Long, and Lou Sievert.