Mineral Resources of the States and Territories Volume 1

Mineral Resources of the States and Territories Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...was mild and pleasant. In the spring, on the 13th of March, I crossed the Rocky mountains at what is called the Frenchman's Pass, within about 15 miles of Helena City, finding about two feet of snow on the summit. There was no snow in the valleys on either side, and but little on the side hills. I passed the range 10 days after at Mullan's Pass, and found but little snow, the ground being bare in many places. You ask, " What line would be best for a railroad connecting with the Union Pacific?" This question does not state what point is intended to be connected, but, as Helena is now the commercial center of the Territory, I will take it for granted it is meant as the objective point. I would state, therefore, in my opinion, the shortest and best line could be obtained by starting from the crossing of Green river, following up tho stream or some, of its branches to tlio head of either Salt river or John Gray's river (branches of the South Snake river) to the junction with that river, which takes place where that stream turns from north to southwest; thence the road could go up the South Snake, (in a northerly course, ) to the large lake at its head, could cross the mountains there and follow down the south branch of the Madison, and the Madison itself, to the three forks of the Missouri; down the Missouri and up Tenmile creek to Helena The general direction of this route is a little west of north. The length would be about 350 miles; and it offers the most direct and practicable solution of the problem that I know of. There is a portion of this route that I am not personally acquainted with. I know nothing of Green river, or of the heads of Salt river, or John Gray's river, but I am well acquainted with the South Suake river, which I...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236517636
  • 9781236517630