Montana 1889: Indians, Cowboys, and Miners in the Year of Statehood
By Ken Egan Jr. Softcover, 288 pages.
When Montana became the 41st state in 1889, an old pioneer lamented "Now she is gone to Hell," but most Montanans embraced statehood as the inevitable culmination of one of the most rapid and dramatic transformations in United States history.
Only twenty-five years after becoming a territory, Montana was profoundly different: the buffalo slaughtered and gone, the Indian wars fought and ended, the tribal nations confined to reservations, cattle and sheep raised by the tens of thousands, Butte exploded into a rich, wide-open town, and railroads built to link the once remote land with the world.
Montana 1889 tells the many stories of this overwhelming transformation by entering into the lives, emotions, and decisions of diverse peoples cooperating and competing on this contested ground. Like Ken Egan Jr. s previous history, the acclaimed Montana 1864, these stories are told month by month, deftly showing the flow and friction of events and the unfolding destiny of individuals and nations.
Softcover, 288 pages.