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Great Northern Railroad Bed, From Big Sandy to Verona, Fort Benton, Chouteau County, MT



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Item Title


Location
From Big Sandy to Verona, Fort Benton vicinity, MT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MT-53
Building/structure dates: 1887 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1972
Significance: The St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway, a predecessor of the Great Northern Railway, was the third railroad to enter Montana and, in conjunction with its subsidiary, the Montana Central, affected rate competition in the transportation market from 1889-1896. After 1893, the Great Northern itself (not particularly this segment) provided transcontinental rail service to the northern tier, facilitating the growth and development of high plains dry-land agriculture.

Subjects
Roadbeds


Related Names
Hill, James T.


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW OF THE RAILROAD GRADE, LOOKING NORTH. REMAINS OF THE VERONA SIDING TRACK ARE ON THE RIGHT. NOTE: MUCH OF THE BALLAST HAS BEEN REMOVED.
2. VIEW OF THE RAILROAD GRADE, LOOKING NORTH FROM THE TOP OF THE HIGHWAY-RAILROAD GRADE SEPARATION (BYPASS)
3. VIEW OF THE RAILROAD GRADE AS IT PASSES UNDER THE HIGHWAY OVERPASS, LOOKING NORTH. NOTE: BALLAST HAS BEEN REMOVED.
4. VIEW OF THE RAILROAD GRADE, LOOKING SOUTH. NOTE: THE BALLAST AND TRACKS HAVE BEEN REMOVED. IN THIS AREA, THE HIGHWAY (U.S. 87) LIES PARALLEL TO THE ABANDONED GRADE.
5. VIEW OF THE RAILROAD GRADE (AT RIGHT), SHOWING THE PORTION WITHIN MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS (MDOH) IMPACT AREA WITH THE HIGHEST FILL SECTION OF ABOUT 10 FEET, LOOKING SOUTH-SOUTHWEST
6. VIEW OF A DOUBLE-BOX CULVERT MADE OF CONCRETE AND STEEL RAIL, LOOKING WEST.
7. VIEW OF A DOUBLE CULVERT IN RAILROAD GRADE, LOOKING WEST. THIS CULVERT HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 1933, WHEN IT WAS MARKED ON MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS AS-BUILT PLANS. IT LOOKS LIKE THE PIPE ON THE RIGHT (NORTH) IS NOT ORIGINAL.
8. VIEW OF A THIRD CULVERT ALONG THE RAILROAD GRADE, LOOKING WEST. THERE ARE NUMEROUS CULVERTS IN THE GRADE ACCORDING TO THE 1933 AS-BUILT PLANS, BUT NO OTHERS WERE OBVIOUS IN A DRIVE-THROUGH OF THE AREA.


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