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Checkerboard in Meagher County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Carroll Trail

 
 
The Carroll Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 17, 2021
1. The Carroll Trail Marker
Inscription.  Businessmen in Montana Territory were always looking for ways to undercut their competitors. In 1874, the owners of the famous Diamond R Freighting Company tried to steal the lucrative steamboat trade from Fort Benton merchants by building a new port on the Missouri River near the mouth of the Musselshell. Named for Matt Carroll, the settlement was a cruel collection of log huts perched on a cut bank overlooking the river. For the new settlement to be successful it needed a good road to connect it to the outside world.
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
The Carroll Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 17, 2021
2. The Carroll Trail Marker
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wheels." Carroll failed to make money for the Diamond R and the company abandoned the post and the trail in 1876.
 
Erected by Montand Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & 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.) 
 
Interesting rock formation image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 17, 2021
3. Interesting rock formation
 
 
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.

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