This Fascinating Abandoned Railroad In Montana Is A True Piece Of History

Montana’s railroad history has helped shape the state in many ways, creating cities and railways that still exist to this day. Of course, not every rail line survived, and you’ll find abandoned tracks and old depots in practically every county. The Milwaukee Road (also known as the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad) was especially memorable, and some longtime Montanans still recall the route that trains like the Hiawatha took through Western Montana from 1909 – 1980.

Of course, the Milwaukee Road is no more, but you can still see its remnants by walking the beautiful Milwaukee Railroad Trail near Butte.

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Address: MT-2, Butte, MT, 59701

To reach the Milwaukee Railroad trail, take State Route 2 south of Butte for about nine miles and follow the signs. And if you tend to prefer your hikes with a side of history, check out this list of trails.