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A bit of history on agriculture, markets and weather

Starting 1881, the N.P. Railroad came and promoted this country. There were herds of southern cattle driving into the northern U.S. to be fattened, then in turn shipped by rail to the heavier populated country in the east.

But, they forgot about one thing — the weather. A terrible, hard winter hit in 1886 and 1887. No hay was put up and the short-haired, thin-hided cattle starved to death by the 1000s. I had one old-timer tell me about 4 and 5 year old steers going down and dying by a spring on Fallon Creek close to where I used to live.

The U.S. started giving (or granting) land to the N.P. R...

 

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