June 12th, 2003

Mark is here

Outlook, Montana ...

Here's a photo of the old railway depot in the village of Outlook, Montana. The railroad branch line through Outlook was built in 1913, and I imagine the depot building was constructed soon thereafter. That was the height of the "homestead boom" era in eastern Montana, when many thousands of settlers arrived in the state to take up farming. The climate proved far too arid and harsh, however, and within a few years nearly all the settlers were gone, heaving behind dozens of tiny, fading ghost towns and thousands of abandoned farmsteads.

Sadly, the scene in this photo has now disappeared. A couple of years ago, a spark from a railway locomotive's exhaust started a grass fire that destroyed the old depot ... and half of the town of Outlook, besides.

Bozeman, Montana

Outlook depot