Summer 2018: In this issue

Summer 2018 cover

Vol. 68, No. 2

Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires

How Railroads Shaped Montana and the West
by Dale Martin

“No More War, No More Plague”

The Spanish Influenza Pandemic Toll on Montana
by Todd S. Harwell, Greg S. Holzman, and Steven D. Helgerson

Mid-Century Monolith in Northwestern Montana

The Hungry Horse Dam Project
by Charlene Roise

“Whoa, Blue, Whoa!”

Cowpuncher Teddy Blue Abbott, We Pointed Them North, and Montana’s Open-Range Era
by Vic Reiman

An Editor’s Farewell

by Molly Holz


Wrobel, America’s West, reviewed by Brian Q. Cannon | Evans, Farming Across Borders, reviewed by Pamela Riney-Kehrberg | Bricklin, America’s Best Female Sharpshooter, reviewed by Sandra K. Mathews | Johns and Johns, The Baneberry Disaster, reviewed by Robert Franklin

On the Cover

Austrian painter and muralist Gustav Wilhelm Krollman (1888–1962) trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna before immigrating to the United States in 1923. He settled in Minneapolis and was hired by the Northern Pacific Railway to create advertisement posters, a job that brought him to Montana. This detail from a Northern Pacific poster (1930, oil on paper, 40" x 30", MHS Museum Collection, 1980.61.155) features Emigrant Peak in the Paradise Valley—one of many scenic attractions North Coast Limited passengers saw on a trip to Yellowstone National Park. While working for the Works Project Administration during the Great Depression, California artist Maynard Dixon (1875–1946) painted Highscalers—Boulder Dam (1934, oil on board, 15" x 19", courtesy University of Nevada–Reno Special Collections) depicting scalers working on the rocky face of Black Canyon during the construction of the Boulder Dam (later renamed Hoover Dam), which appears on the back cover. Dixon was primarily a self-taught artist, creating realistic depictions of the people and landscapes of the American Southwest.

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