Checkerboard in Meagher County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The Carroll Trail
In 1873, the Diamond R blazed a 225-mile road to Carroll from Helena and the first freight train negotiated the trail to Carroll the following year. While one account claimed that the road had "plentiful supplies of wood and water," other travelers described a forbidding landscape of "little vegetation" that was "incapable of affording sustenance to man or beast." When the road was dry, it took freight trains about a month to make the trip between Carroll and Helena. But when the road was wet it became a "greasy, slippery, fathomless mass of clinging mud, through which the straining animals (could) hardly drag the heavily-weighted
Erected by Montand Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 46° 33.303′ N, 110° 29.925′ W. Marker is in Checkerboard, Montana, in Meagher County. Marker is on U.S. 12 near Spring Creek Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 59053, Checkerboard MT, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Also see . . . The Carrol Trail. A paper/booklet on the Carroll Trail. (Submitted on December 26, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.