Read this history of the Great Northern Railway's earliest construction in Montana - a railroad line from what became Great Falls through Helena to Butte's "Richest Hill on Earth."
Follow James J. Hill's plans to capitalize on Montana's mining and agriculture, enabling him to build on to the West Coast. It's a story of vision and expansion, growth and development, intrigue and insider trading, all played out on the canvas of Montana Territory. Hill's influence shaped the state we know today.
Gibson, Broadwater Hill and the Great Falls, pp. 1-8,
Copper, Butte, Anaconda, Marcus Daly and Hill, pp. 9-22,
Battle on the Ten Mile, MCRy Incorp., NP Response, pp. 23-32,
Surveys, setbacks and the war with the NP, pp. 33-40,
Building StPM&M to Great Falls, MCry to Helena, pp. 41-64,
Clancy, Boulder Tunnel and the road to Butte, pp. 65-102,
Sand Coulee, Stockett - MCRy to the coal fields, pp. 103-114,
Along Belt Creek to Monarch, Barker and Neihart, pp. 115-136,
The Great Northern, 1890 lease and MCRy changes, pp. 137-146,
The future and a 1940-2013 photo essay, pp. 147-160,
Sources, pp. 161-164,
Index, pp. 165-170.
Pictorial Histories Publishing, softcover, 176 pages, 11 x 8.5 x .5 in., 245 B&W photographs and illustrations, 15 maps, 15 profiles, timetable reproductions.