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Milwaukee Road 1920's Color Advertising Book

Click HERE for a PDF file of a 1920's era 24-page Milwaukee Road advertising booklet titled

"Electrically Operated through the Rocky, Bitter Root and Cascade Mountains
Along the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway
To Puget Sound Electrified”

 Below is a quote from the title page

“The color illustrations shown in the following pages are all made expressly for this book from photographs taken by special artists of the most striking objects of interest which abound to a most remarkable extent along the C. M. & St. P. Ry. Great care was taken to select only such views as are most noteworthy on this trip. Everyone desires to secure souvenirs of the journey, and, knowing this, we have endeavored to make this volume such a record of facts, and such a collection of beautiful, accurate and attractive views, that it will be recognized by all as the most appropriate and interesting souvenir of the Transcontinental Journey.

The lithograph names are:

New Chicago Union Passenger Station
Steamboat in the Jaws of the Dells of the Wisconsin River
Lake Pepin, Minn., Upper Mississippi River
The Olympian on Short Line Bridge, Between St. Paul and Minneapolis
Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis
Missouri River Bridge at Mobridge, S. Dak
"King of the Rails”
One of the Many Graceful Curves, Montana Canyon
Eagle Nest Tunnel                     
Crossing the Missouri River, Lombard, Mont.
Source of the Missouri River, Three Forks, Mont.
Magnificent Gallatin Gateway Inn, Montana
The Olympian on the Summit of the Rocky Mountains
Crossing the Divide, Bitter Root Mountains, Idaho
Crossing the Spokane River, Spokane, Wash.
Bridge Over the Columbia River, Beverly, Wash.
Kittitas Valley, Wash.
The Olympian Leaving Tunnel on the Yakima River
The Olympian in the Cascades
Snoqualmie Falls, Cascade Mountains, Wash.
The Olympian on West Slope of the Cascade Mountains, Wash.
Paradise Inn, Mt. Rainier National Park, Wash.

Here is a small quotation from the introduction;

“ After crossing the Missouri River, this line bears away westward some sixty miles south of [hat stream and approaches the Rocky Mountains by way of the valley of the Musselshell River in Montana.

 At the foot of the eastern slope of the Rockies the trains of this railway are "taken over" by the giant electric motors. "King of the Rails" they are called, because they are the largest and heaviest type of motive power in existence. As the train leaves Harlowton, Montana, moving easily and steadily under the power of the giant electrics a new sensation in travel, is experienced. Free from jerk or jar the train rises on the mountain grade as smoothly as a bird wings its flight; while the splendid mountain panorama unrolls, unobscured by smoke or cinders. Electric motive power is now used in crossing four ranges of mountains, the Belts, the Rockies, the Bitter Roots and the Cascades. The summit of the Belt Mountains is reached at a height of 5,788 feet, whence the line gradually falls to the canyon of Sixteen Mile Creek. This is known as the Montana or Sixteen Mi1e Canyon, through which the road winds and twists, rising on its rocky walls, creeping through many tunnels and over airy bridges of steel and concrete, with the beauty and splendor of mountain heights and rocky depths rushing waters and sparkling pools. Through this natural pass the road makes its way again down to the level of the Missouri, coming out to the great river where Sixteen Mile Creek pours in its waters. The Lewis & Clarke Expedition charted this creek as Howard's River, but their successors, the cowboy gentry, evidently preferred something more local and called it Sixteen Mile.

 At this point the railroad again crosses the Missouri and proceeds along its banks to the headwaters at Three Forks, one of the historic spots in Montana. At Three Forks, three big rivers, the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin, all flowing down from snowy heights in the Continental Divide, join to flow eastward as the Missouri, Here came to a successful issue the primary purpose of the great Lewis & Clarke Expedition that set forth in 1804 from St. Louis to trace and locate the Missouri, and chart [he new land acquired, by the Louisiana Purchase. After two years of toilsome journeyings and much uncertainty, these intrepid explorers came to the fabled Three Forks, and found r the headwaters of the great river. They then pushed on, westward to the Columbia River country, choosing as their route the Jefferson, the stream which the most nearly bore the characteristics of the big river they had conquered.”


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