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Marking Time On Rails: Completion Of Transcontinental Line Helped Fledgling Territory Thrive
By Kim Briggeman
MISSOULIAN
September 9. 2008

Monday was a quiet day along the railroad tracks west of Garrison. . . .

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It was a far cry from the Northern Pacific's elaborate "Golden" Spike ceremony 125 years earlier.

On that smoky, overcast Saturday in 1883, more than 3,000 people packed a pavilion near the banks of the Clark Fork River built especially for the national and foreign luminaries who'd been spirited by the railroad from both coasts.

Ambassadors, congressmen, governors, British and German officials, and ex-President Ulysses S. Grant were among those who arrived on four excursion trains from the east and a fifth from Portland, Ore.

They came to see the formal completion of the nation's second transcontinental railroad, 14 years after the Union Pacific's Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah. . . .

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Brief history of the construction of the NP
http://members.aol.com/Gi...acific.htm


William C. Riley and Henry Jacob Winser. THE OFFICIAL NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD GUIDE: FOR THE USE OF TOURISTS AND TRAVELERS OVER THE LINES OF THE NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD, ITS BRANCHES AND ALLIED LINES (W.C. Riley, 1893).
Chapter on Montana - here:
http://tinyurl.com/5m4pw9
Description of "Golden" Spike ceremony - here:
http://tinyurl.com/6lqzbf


Henry Villard: Gutsy Reporter, Railroad Baron and Nice Guy
By James Buchan
THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
April 22, 2001
http://www.observer.com/node/44330
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Myers, Rex C. Montana: A State And Its Relationship With Railroads, 1864-1970 (Dissertation (Ph. D.), University Of Montana, 1972).
Notes: Railroads -- Montana; Montana -- History. Material Type: Manuscript text.


Taylor, Bill, and Jan Taylor. THE NORTHERN PACIFIC'S RAILS TO GOLD AND SILVER: LINES TO MONTANA'S MINING CAMPS (Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Pub. Co., 1999).
Notes: Railroads -- Montana -- History; Named Corp: Northern Pacific Railroad Company. Document Type: Book.
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