Bill and Jan Taylor 170 pages softcover
By 1883 Canadian born James Jerome Hill had become successful shipping grain and developing railroads in and around St Paul, MN. In 1884 his friend Paris Gibson, founding father of Great Falls invited him to visit Montana. While there, he toured the Rocky Mountain front between Great Falls and Butte looking for investment opportunities and future traffic for his St Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway (predecessor to the Great Northern Railway) which was in the process of building west in Minnesota. Hill bought mining property, silver options near Rimini and invested in Gibson's Great Falls Townsite Company. He met with Marcus Daly, Butte's future copper baron, and Charles Broadwater, Helena banker and railroad promoter. Hill's visit was to have far reaching consequences for him and the territory's development. This is the story of the construction and the early operations of the Montana Central Railway between Great Falls and Butte, which was to be come an integral part of Hill's railroad empire.