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James J. Hill on the locomotive William Crooks
James J. Hill on the locomotive William Crooks
TitleJames J. Hill on the locomotive William Crooks
Date of Original1908
DescriptionJames J. Hill stands on the steps of the locomotive William Crooks and two other men stand behind him.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectTransportation
People
Subject (LCTGM)Railroad locomotives
Railroad tracks
Personal NameHill, James Jerome, 1838-1916
Organization NameGreat Northern Railway Company (U.S.)
LocationMinnesota
Decade1900-1909
Item NumberA3673
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota eighth grade curriculum
Biography/HistoryJames J. Hill, known as the Empire Builder, was president of the Great Northern Railway. He often personally supervised the construction of tracks. In 1908, Hill (with straw hat and beard) posed on the engine of the train that he rode to oversee construction of tracks in Montana in 1887. The engine was known by the name William Crooks.
The William Crooks was the first steam locomotive to operate in the state of Minnesota. It was named for the chief engineer of the St. Paul and Pacific railway. It was constructed in 1861 and began passenger service in 1862. James J. Hill also used the William Crooks to pull his personal trains. The William Crooks is now on display at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionState Historical Society of North Dakota Photograph Collection A
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (A3673 )
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDshA3673
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