CAMPAIGNS: Up the Mountain

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West of Miles City, Montana, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific R.R. runs through the valley of the winding Musselshell River. It uses the tracks of a forgotten railroad that laconic Westerners called the Jawbone Line, because it was built on promises. It goes through Roundup, Ringling, Three Forks (where the Missouri begins) and just before Butte, 5,755 feet above sea level, it crosses the Continental Divide.

And then it is in the heart of the Far West, where there are 15 people per lovely square mile, where most of...

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