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MHS Press publishes regional books on the history and cultural resources of Montana. Book titles with asterisks (*) are available as ebooks from most major online ebook retailers.

The award-winning quarterly, Montana The Magazine of Western History, contains articles on the history of Montana and the West. Search the magazine index for a more comprehensive catalog of articles. To obtain prices and/or purchase back issues, email tryan@mt.gov or call (406) 444-4708. Copies may also be available at your local library or the MHS Research Center.

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Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires

Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires

Railroads and Communities in Montana and the West

Created: Tuesday, August 13, 1907

Railroads and Communities in Montana and the West
by Dale Martin

The railroad brought more to Montana and the West than passengers and a quicker way to get back to “civilization.” The coming of the “iron horse” revitalized existing towns, created new ones, and brought new jobs on the railroads and in the communities through which they passed. Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires provides a window into the lives of the railroad workers and local people who relied on the employment and services it offered. Meet the engineers, firemen, conductors, water tank operators, station agents, telegraphers, and section crews, as well as the town folk who came to count on the railroad for transportation near and far, sending and receiving freight, and moving the mail. The book includes stories about the railroads told by such western writers as Ivan Doig, Mary Clearman Blue, and Alice Munro, and features dozens of railroad-related historic photographs. Let Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires put a face and a place to “Waiting for a Train.”

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