Leeson's History of Montana 1735-1885
"A history of its discovery and settlement, social and commercial progress, mines and miners, agriculture and stock-growing, churches, schools and societies, Indians and Indian wars, vigilantes, courts of justice, newspaper press, navigation, railroads and statistics, with histories of counties, cities, tillages and mining camps; also personal reminiscences of great historic value; views characteristic of the territory in our own times, and portraits of pioneers and representative men in the professions and trades."
This book, originally published in 1885, is a 1,367 page reference exploring topics such as the exploration and occupation of Montana, Indian history, wars, trading and military posts, mining, newspapers, churches, and societies during the time between 1735 and 1885. The book includes treatments of 13 Montana counties as well as personal "reminisciences" from several notable Montanans. The book also contains over 500 illustrations of people, buildings, farms, ranches, and natural features of the era.
Leeson's "History of Montana" is part of the "Early Montana Histories" collection digitized by the University of Montana.
The work was scanned from the original document at 600 dpi at 8 bit gray scale. Scanners used for this project include the Microtek OpticBook 3600, as well as the Epson 10000 XL. Un-retouched master images are stored in uncompressed TIFF format. Access images viewable from this site have been downsampled in Adobe Photoshop CS to 150 dpi and 1,500 pixels on the long edge. Optical Character Recognition was accomplished using ABBYY FineReader version 8.0.
Scanning technicians for this project were Kevin Crowley, Lacey Gibbons, Sean Glaspey, and Yuen Onn Wong.
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