Miles City’s Boom, 1907-1925
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Miles City’s Boom, 1907-1925

Following the construction of the Milwaukee Road and its various shops, roundhouse, and offices, Miles City entered a boom period unlike any other in the town’s history. The boom lasted for just under 20 years, ending soon after the Northern Pacific Railroad constructed its new passenger depot in 1924. In between the arrival of the Milwaukee, and the opening of the new Northern Pacific depot, an array of new middle-class homes, churches, new public elementary and high schools, and businesses gave the city its early twentieth century “look” still prized today and protected by three historic districts.


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Posted by Craig L. Hillemann (+25) 4 years ago
Following the death of William "Fred" F. Schmalsle, his nephew Robert Hilleman visited his Schmalsle cousins in Miles City in May 1913, and reported that Miles City was "one of the most beautiful of Western cities with a population of about 9000." (Source: Scott County (MO) Kicker (12 Jul 1913, p. 4.)

In 1917, Robert and his older brother Gustav moved to Miles City, eventually purchasing their Riverview Gardens property, likely largely thanks to their combined inheritances from their uncle. Gustav preferred the dry heat of the short summers of Miles City to the unhealthful humidity of Missouri. (Also, Gustav's promotion of the Socialist Movement had become an issue with neighbors.)

The two brother worked as brakemen on passenger trains of the Milwaukee Road, and Gustav also supervised farm operations at Riverview Gardens.

Of course, Gustav was the natural father, and Robert the adoptive father of Maurice Hilleman.