Item #7836 The Resources of Montana Territory and Attractions of Yellowstone National Park. Facts and Experiences on the Farming, Stock Raising, Mining, Lumbering and Other Industries of Montana...And Other Valuable and Reliable Information Applicable to the Wants of the Capitalist, Homeseeker, or Tourist. Robert E. Strahorn.

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The Resources of Montana Territory and Attractions of Yellowstone National Park. Facts and Experiences on the Farming, Stock Raising, Mining, Lumbering and Other Industries of Montana...And Other Valuable and Reliable Information Applicable to the Wants of the Capitalist, Homeseeker, or Tourist.

Helena, Mt. [i.e. Omaha, Ne]: Published and Circulated by Direction of the Montana Legislature, 1879. Original printed wrappers. 77, [3] pp. including twelve wood engravings (some full-page), and three pages of advertisements. Map of Montana Territory on interior of front wrapper. CONDITION: Very good plus, slight chipping to bottom of spine, wrappers slightly creased with a few scattered stains, light even tanning.

All of Strahorn’s promotional works on the great Northwest have become scarce. Most of this pamphlet discusses the opportunities in stock raising and mining in Montana, with a section on Yellowstone. It contains very early, handsome woodcut engravings of Helena and Bozeman, public buildings, Yellowstone Lake and Falls, and the like. Also included is information on farming, home expenses, and local infrastructure. The final three pages contain advertisements for local businesses and the Union Pacific Railroad. The map of Montana on the interior of the front wrapper shows the county divisions of the territory, towns and settlements, mountain ranges, missions, rivers, the location of Yellowstone Park, and more.

Although Helena is given as the imprint, both Howes and McMurtrie assert that Omaha was the true place of publication. Strahorn himself was in fact employed by the Union Pacific Railroad, and his detailed Western promotionals were largely backed by the company as part of a long-term plan to encourage settlement and increase rail traffic. An excellent copy of this rare promotional, in original wrappers.

REFERENCES: Howes S1057, "aa"; Streeter Sale 2252; Adams Herd 2184; McMurtrie (Montana) 162. Reese, Best of the West 236 (note).

Item #7836

Price: $5,750.00

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