National Geographic : 1927 Mar
Here range pronghorn and buffalo... . . wild horses of Montana .. . and giant bears STRETCHING through the Northwest from Chicago to the sea is a startling pano rama of the progress of civi lization. A few years ago the first fur-traders and gold hunters penetrated here-fol lowed by the Covered Wagons fighting mile by mile against Sioux and Blackfoot. Today the four last mountain ranges are crossed by agreatelectrified railroadsystem. At one end of the pano rama are Chicago and the in dustrial cities of Wisconsin and Minnesota. At the other the highest mountains in America, covered with dark primeval forest sweeping to the edge of the Pacific, where Japanese ships dock by the side of beautiful cities that have sprung up from the wilderness. Savagery and civilization touch with startling pictur esqueness at almost every point. The savage world beside the trail Elk come down from the hills and feed among the white faced cattle. Wild horses in Montana race beside the train. Wolves and deer watch curiously from the mountain slopes. Villages of prairie dogs stand at attention. Pronghorn ante lope may still be seen upon the plain; and on some of the bigger ranches bison range free. Bear, cougar, mountain goat and bighorn sheep inhabit the forests. And the bald-headed eagle soars over all. It is all startling in its vast primitiveness. The uplifting spaciousness of prairie and bench land. Tremendous unnavigated rivers. Unnamed moun tain peaks. And everywhere living evidence of the recent wars that submerged the Indians beneath the flood of white migration. D MOST MODERN ROUTE TO THE Th IC AND FAR EAST 11 Here is a reservation where the sullen Sioux keeps to his wigwam. You cross the giant Mis souri up which the traders came in flatboats. Here is the newly discovered Gallatin Gateway to Yellowstone. Here Butte, gorged with copper and gold. Here is Spokane, heart of the Inland Empire, like Lombardy placed in the lap of the Rockies. Here dazzling Rainier looks down upon beautiful Puget Sound and the glories of the Olympics rising beyond. And here are the great ships connecting America with Alaska, the Orient and the South Seas!