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Montana Railroad Photographica]
PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPH DEPICTING THE DRIVING OF THE LAST SPIKE FOR THE MONTANA RAILROAD AT LEWISTON]
[Lewiston, Mt, 1903. Panoramic photograph, 8 x 19 3/4 inches. Removed from cardboard backing and somewhat brittle. Small chip in right edge, cracks in upper and lower right corners. A few minor and one more pronounced vertical discolorations to image area. Overall, in good condition. A rare wide-angle scene showing the driving of the last spike connecting the Montana Railroad to the tiny hamlet of Lewiston, Montana on the afternoon of October 30, 1903. The photographer is unknown, but the mayor of the town at the time, L.W. Eldridge can be seen at left holding the spike maul. About forty additional men (most either on the track or standing on the rail cars) and two women also pose for the camera, with two men sitting in a horse-drawn carriage at right. The photograph was taken near the train depot at First Avenue South. The log cabin of Robert G. Jackson and Reservoir Hill can be seen in the background at left. The Montana Railroad was organized in 1895 by Richard A. Harlow, ostensibly to provide a further link to the silver mines in the Castle Mountains. The railroad was routinely short on money, and rarely made a profit. Harlow had to consistently cajole investors into providing financing for the line, and subsequently the Montana Railroad came to be known as "The Jawbone" - a pejorative for the kind of talkative persuasion Harlow had to employ to keep the railroad solvent. The Lewiston extension seen here was the line's final project, and connected Lewiston to Lombard along the Missouri River, a distance of about 150 miles. The Montana line connected to the larger nation … [Click Below for Full Description]
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