This 128-page book contains over 200 B&W images illustrating in detail the history and operations of the Great Northern and Burlington Northern in Marias Pass from the1890s thru the 1990s.

Montana's Marias Pass is the lowest rail crossing through the Rocky Mountains. The tracks snake through narrow canyons, traverse the swift Middle Fork of the Flathead River, and twist through numerous snowsheds and tunnels to crest the 5,213-foot Continental Divide.

James Jerome Hill was the driving force behind Great Northern Railway's mission to find the most economical route to the Pacific coast, with surveyor John F. Stevens taking a major role in locating the pass. Browning is the eastern gateway into Marias Pass as the railroad approaches the Rocky Mountain Front; continuing west from Summit, the tracks parallel Bear Creek and the Middle Fork of the Flathead River downgrade through Essex to Glacier National Park and into the Flathead Valley.

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Chapter One        Beginnings - History of Marias Pass
Chapter Two       The Pass – A Photographic Collection from Whitefish to Glacier Park   
Chapter Three      Glacier National Park – Great Northern Railway’s Connection   
Chapter Four       The Middle Fork – Views up the Middle Fork of the Flathead River   
Chapter Five        Essex – Operations Headquarters for Marias Pass   
Chapter Six          Snowsheds – Protecting the Railroad in Winter  
Chapter Seven      Summit – Top of the Continental Divide   
Chapter Eight       Winter – The Challenge of Fighting Snow  
Chapter Nine        The 1964 Flood – Marias Pass Disaster   
Chapter Ten         Then and Now – Changes Through the Years  


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