Historic Map - Montana (now Boone), IA - 1868
View of Montana, Boone County, I.A., 1868 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.
This panoramic print of Montana, Iowa was drawn by Albert Ruger and published by Chicago Lithographing Co. in 1868. Montana was founded in the 1860s in a coal rich region of Iowa with the arrival of the Chicago & North-Western Railroad.
Mining of the valuable coal began to become an established interest of Montana as a large mine shaft was dug to the depth of 242 feet just west of town. This mine was a large employer of Montana and eventually was reached by a spur of the railroad.
Montana and Boonesboro merged together in 1887 to become Boone, named after local explorer and youngest son of Daniel Boone, Nathan.
The map published in 1868 includes Montana’s labeled streets, buildings and railroad route. There are featured inset illustrations of Montana in 1864 and the Railway Dining Hall.
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