A Railroad Who Left the West… or… “The Weed Route”

In March 1980 the Milwaukee Road abandoned everything west of Miles City, MT.   It was tragic.  It was the end of the charismatic railway running through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.

Milwaukee Road GE EF-4 at Avery, Idaho --©photo by Steve Schmollinger

Milwaukee Road GE EF-4 at Avery, Idaho –©photo by Steve Schmollinger

The real point of this post is to connect its readers with a fantastic site entitled, “The Weed Route.”

This site which documents the end of the Milwaukee Road in the West offers stunning photographs.  Below is just a small sample the site has the offer.

Approaching Jefferson Island on the South Bank of the Jefferson River. --©photo by The Weed Route.

Approaching Jefferson Island on the South Bank of the Jefferson River. –©photo by The Weed Route.

Looking South from the Graves Hotel at The Abandoned Milwaukee Road Railroad Yard, Harlowton, Montana. --©photo by The Weed Route.

Looking South from the Graves Hotel at The Abandoned Milwaukee Road Railroad Yard, Harlowton, Montana. –©photo by The Weed Route.

Facing Northwest Up the Northern Pacific Mainline Toward Butte, Montana.--©photo by The Weed Route.

Facing Northwest Up the Northern Pacific Mainline Toward Butte, Montana.–©photo by The Weed Route.

This is truly a remarkable collection of photos if you have interest in the Milwaukee Road in the West.

Check the site out by clicking here.

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