Home on the Range When the Chicago & North Western Was a Live or Die Lifeline
Home on the Range When the Chicago & North Western Was a Live or Die Lifeline
Home on the Range When the Chicago & North Western Was a Live or Die Lifeline

Home on the Range When the Chicago & North Western Was a Live or Die Lifeline

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Home on the Range When the Chicago & North Western Was a Live or Die Lifeline
 
Home on the Range When the Chicago & North Western Was a Live or Die Lifeline
By Steve Patterson
8 Pages
Loose pages - typed paper with North Western Railroad Logo
Excerpt from paper - But he wasn't content, and by 1900 the lure of free fertile prairie land offered by the Chicago & North Western was irresistible. Louis was one of an estimated 70,000 who succumbed to C&NW's ads of "30 millions of acres" to give away, and he boarded a C&NW train for the end of the line on the east bank of the Missouri River smack dab in the middle of South Dakota. The railroad had built to there in 1880, and nothing was done for the next 25 years to expand westward across the great Sioux Reservation. From August into early November the C&NW operated the Jim Leighton ferry back and forth across the river from the end of the line at Pierre to Fort Pierre. In the winter when the river was iced over, one could walk across or ride a horse and buggy.
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