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Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Company Records, 1918-1975

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Company.
Title
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Company Records
Dates
1918-1975
Quantity
1.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2209, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company Records consist of materials produced by the Montana branches of the company and its employees such as correspondence, memos, blueprints, and a scrapbook. Operations of the Montana branch stations are covered in correspondence and organizational materials.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Company or the "Milwaukee Road" opened in Montana in August, 1908. The company felt that to be competitive it had to expand its services to the Pacific Coast. Despite the fact that it had to buy most of its right away and avoid established areas, they were able to build 2,300 miles of track in three years. Along with building track from Glenham, South Dakota to Seattle, they absorbed local railways such as the famous Jawbone of Central Montana and local lines like the Gallatin Valley's Inter-urban and Bozeman's street railway. Eventually, the steep grades and frigid weather forced the Milwaukee to turn to electric power rather than traditional steam. An abundance of hydroelectric dams and copper from Anaconda made the transition an easy choice and the conversion of the line from Harlowton to Avery, Idaho began in 1914. Increased use of automobiles, numerous bouts of bankruptcy, and the merger of the Burlington Northern, Northern Pacific and Great Northern all lead to the decline of the Milwaukee in Montana.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company records consist of materials produced by the Montana branches of the company and its employees such as correspondence, memos, blueprints, and a scrapbook. Operations of the Montana branch stations are covered in correspondence and organizational materials. Of particular interest is a logbook of livestock accident claims made against the company from 1926-1975; blueprints of various electrical stations; a photographic scrapbook of substations on the line.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Bozeman Street Railway Rooke Register August 1918
1/2 Bozeman Street Railway Rooke Register November 1918
1/3 Gallatin Valley Railway (Interurban) Bozeman to Salesville January 1918
1/4 Gallatin Valley Railway Bozeman to Three Forks/Menard July 1918
1/5 Certification of O. G. Buerkle as Telegrapher and Agent May 1910
1/6 Bozeman Roundhouse Boiler Inspection Certificate 1941
1/7 Bozeman Office Correspondence 1930-1939
1/8 Bozeman Office Correspondence 1940
1/9 Bozeman Office Correspondence 1941
1/10 Bozeman Office Correspondence 1942-1945
1/11 Bozeman Office Correspondence 1946-1949
1/12 Bozeman Office Correspondence 1950-1954
1/13 Memos 1922-1971
1/14 Memos-Electrification Abandonment 1973-1980
2/1 Electrical Station Blueprints-Eustis
2/2 Electrical Station Blueprints-Francis
2/3 Electrical Station-Francis; map of route 1952
2/4 Electrical Station Blueprints-Gold Creek
2/5 Electrical Station Blueprints-Janney
2/6 Electrical Station Blueprints-Loweth
2/7 Electrical Station-Loweth voltage record May 1971
2/8 Electrical Station Blueprints-Morel
2/9 Electrical Station Blueprints-Pridmont
2/10 Electrical Station Blueprints-Primrose
2/11 Electrical Station Blueprints-Two Dot
2/12 Electrical Station Blueprints-Combined Substations
2/13 Electrical Station Blueprints-Various
2/14 Electrical Station Blueprints-Various (Automatic Substation Circuits)
2/15 Electrical Station Blueprints-Various
2/16 Electrical Station Blueprints-Ravenna Switchboard
2/17 Electrical Station Blueprints-Tarkio Switchboard
2/18 Photo Scrapbook of Substations
2/19 Records of Operation Signals 1918, 1920, 1972
Box
3 Milwaukee Road Livestock Claims 1926-1975
3 Memo Book 1918-1956