The Oily Boid Gets the Woim
A narrow gauge railroad, nicknamed the "turkey track," used to
connect Great Falls, Montana, and Lethbridge, Alberta. When the
main line of the Great Northern crossed it in 1891, Shelby Junction
came into existence. The hills and plains around here were cow
country. The Junction became an oasis where parched cow-punchers
cauterized their tonsils with forty-rod and grew plumb
irresponsible and ebullient.
In 1910 the dry-landers began homesteading. They built fences and
plowed under the native grass. The days of open range were gone.
Shelby quit her swaggering frontier ways and became concrete
sidewalk and sewer system conscious.
Dry-land farming didn't turn out to be such a profitable endeavor,
but in 1921 geologists discovered that this country had an ace in
the hole. Oil was struck between here and the Canadian line, and
the town boomed again.
"The Oily Boid Gets the Woim."
The Hi-Line and the Yellowstone Trail: To Glacier Park and Back Again.
1 Sept. 2004.
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