A Ghost Town on the Yellowstone

A Ghost Town on the Yellowstone

A Ghost Town on the Yellowstone

A Ghost Town on the Yellowstone

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The town of Trembles, Montana, during the fifteen years it existed, lent much distinction to the Lower Yellowstone Valley and the whole northeastern section of that great state. Trembles is no longer on the map. There are no traces of it left, except in the memory of those who lived there in the early nineteen hundreds. Those who drifted through, on foot, by saddle horse, harness rig or stagecoach, and later by Model- T Ford and bus, en route between the nearest railroad points of Glendive, on the Northern Pacific, and Mondak, on the Great Northern, took little notice of Trembles. In its declining years, when a branch railroad passed a few miles away, no train, not even a handcar, stopped on Cedar Coulee, near which the vanished town was built.

The nearest historical landmark was Johnny O'Brien's old store at Newlon, on Fox Creek. Johnny, who was a spry oldtimer before I was old enough to vote, is dead but not forgotten. His establishment, a general store, fell down and blew away just after World War I, so that the sole returning war veteran found nothing left of Newlon, or Trembles. The postoffice, of which Old Johnny was postmaster, has long been discontinued, and the handful of ranchers and farmers in that vicinity get their mail at Sidney, the county seat of Richland County.

On the northern horizon may be seen Three Buttes, of . . .

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