Over Homestake Pass on the Butte Short Line: The Construction Era, 1888-1929 (Northern Pacific)
By Bill & Jan Taylor. Softcover, 112 pages.
A fascinating history of the Northern Pacific's belated efforts to build a line to Butte after it had originally bypassed the city in favor of Helena. The authors describe the decade long battle to build the railroad: the difficulty over the route, the conflicts with Union Pacific, competition from the Montana Central, the role of the Rocky Fork & Cooke City coal development, and the formation of the Northern Pacific & Montana.
The Butte Short Line also includes details about the early years of operation, and local lore about holdups, wrecks and shootings. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos, the book also ncludes reproduction of 1896 bankruptcy report describing the line and its condition, along with maps and an extensive bibliography.
Softcover, 112 pages.