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The Mansion that Moved

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When I was a little girl, the Gibson Mansion drove past my elementary school. Perched high atop a rather diminutive flatbed truck, I distinctly remember watching the "big house" cruise by my third grade classroom, past the Dairy Queen, and out of sight. Many years later, I still marvel at the mansion and think about that humble parade.

Now tucked into a forested corner of town, the Gibson Mansion had a tumultuous history. Having been everything from a private home to a fraternity house to a luxurious bed and breakfast, this is one place that (if walls could gossip) would certainly have some tales to tell.

If you are a traveler looking for a unique spot to lay your head - or if you want to get married in a house with history - I highly recommend booking a few nights at the mansion.

Although it is not near the city's acclaimed Clark Fork River, it boasts a charm that is unmatched. The four, quaint rooms start at $125 and go up to $225. Each room has its own charm, some sporting claw foot tubs and beautiful stained-glass windows.

Nearby amenities include a funky hair salon (Cowgirls Salon and Spa - 327 Southwest Higgins) and a second hand shop that sells designer jeans at bargain prices (Restyle Clothing - 331 Southwest Higgins).

For road warriors looking for a kindred spirit and a romantic retreat, the Gibson Mansion is the place to go. The house that moved has set down its roots and opened its doors quite beautifully.

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by Kiara Downey
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