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Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago: July, Part II

8 YEARS AGO - July Part II

July 1897 was a super-hot one. The mid-section of the U.S. was sweltering and there were close to 850 deaths recorded from the heat across the nation. Chicago led the death toll with 87 followed by Cincinnati and St. Louis. Miners were flocking to the Klondike seeking their fortunes after reports of gold nuggets as large as a guinea hen egg. Utah was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Brigham Young and his pioneers in the Great Salt Lake Valley as well as being a new state in the United States. In Western Montana, there were stories of murder, suici...


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EJWoodward writes:

Additional photos from the Blackstone wreck can be found at By the way, this wreck occurred three miles WEST of Whitehall.

EJWoodward writes:

Photos of the Blackstone train wreck can be seen at,%20MT

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