Near Elliston in Powell County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The Mullan Road
The Captain aside from his engineering ability, was a man of considerable insight as evidenced by the following excerpt from his final report. He prophesied “... the locomotive engine will make passage of the ... wild interior at rates of speed which will startle human credulity.” Indeed, two decades later, in 1883, the Northern Pacific Railway constructed its main line over Mullan Pass.
Mullan himself might have been incredulous had he seen the freight train that crossed this divide in 1865. Seven camels, each laden with 600 pounds of flour, made the trek from Helena to the Deer Lodge area mines. One of the less successful experiments in American transportation history, the dromedary carried tremendous loads, was sure footed, had great stamina, but the horses, mules and oxen of the teamsters and mule packers stampeded at the sight and smell of them. The camels were gone from
Location. 46° 33.61′ N, 112° 23.158′ W. Marker is near Elliston, Montana, in Powell County. Marker is on U.S. 12 0.2 miles west of Lime Quarryhills Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elliston MT 59728, United States of America.
More about this marker. There is an identical marker on the opposite side of the highway for eastbound traffic.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 356 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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