Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires
Railroads and Communities in Montana and the West

by Dale Martin

published by Montana Historical Society Press

  • The railroad brought more to Montana and the West than passengers and a quicker way to get back to civilization. The coming of the new iron horse revitalized existing towns, created new ones, and brought new jobs on the trains and in the communities through which it passed. Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires provides a window into the lives of the railroad workers and local people-all of whom lived with the railroad and 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 U.S. Mail. The book includes stories about the railroad 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. 

216 pages, 7 x 10, 28 softcovers per case, Paperback

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9781940527925






Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires
Railroads and Communities in Montana and the West

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Dale Martin align= Dale Martin teaches history at Montana State University–Bozeman. He is a devoted railroad historian who has spent many years tracing rail lines across the nation, especially in Montana and the West. He came by his interest in railroads early—he and his brother grew up accompanying their railroad-buff father always taking the side roads in pursuit of all things rail.

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