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Steamboat Montana and the Opening of the West
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The Montana was a shining example of modern design and technological sophistication when it made its maiden voyage in 1879. But it is remembered for its ironic end: only five years after it was launched, the Montana struck a railroad bridge near Bridgeton, Missouri, and sank.

One of the largest stern-wheel vessels ever to navigate a western river, the Montana was built to compete with railroads. The recent archaeological excavation of its wreckage, combined with a wealth of written and visual material documenting its construction and use, offers fascinating insights into a little-known aspect of Western expansion.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. x-xiv
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  1. Preface. Understanding a Skeleton in the Sand
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. 1. Introduction: Rediscovering a Local Legend
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 2. The Wild West: Historical Setting
  2. pp. 7-27
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  1. 3. “A Most Cantankerous River”: Taming the Missouri
  2. pp. 28-51
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  1. 4. Excavating the Montana
  2. pp. 52-85
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  1. 5. Construction and Engineering
  2. pp. 86-111
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  1. 6. Epilogue
  2. pp. 112-118
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 119-126
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 127-132
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 133-143
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  1. Further Reading, About the Author
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