Sunday, November 18, 2007

Early Montana railroads

From: "lindleywicks"

Can anyone please tell me if in the state of Montana during the time frame of 1861-1864 was there a railroad being built.

Especially, interested in:

1. Was there a railroad in the upper part of Montana being built?

2. Did they hire Blackfeet Indians?

3. Do you know if Leland Stanford's railroad during this time frame had men building and or working on the railroads?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was no transcontinental railroad being constructed in Montana in the 1861-1864 time frame.

The Montana Central Railroad was completed on November 19, 1887 according to the New York Times article published the next day. Not sure if this was the first railroad in Montana.

You might want to contact the Montana Railroad History website.

Leland Stanford's railroad was the Central Pacific Railroad which began construction in 1863. See, "The First Rail Laid." Sacramento Daily Union, October 27, 1863.

11/18/2007 11:31 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Candace Wicks"

Could there have been scouts out during that time that may of gone on ahead of any of the actual construction of the railroad?

Trying to figure out a family puzzle. Thank you

—Candy Wicks

11/19/2007 9:50 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Yes, these were the explorations and surveys for a pacific railroad in the 1850's which encountered the blackfeet.

11/19/2007 9:51 AM  

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