The Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 27.462 W 113° 16.190
12T E 319422 N 4925216
Quick Description: History sign at ghost town of Gilmore.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 9:13:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMF11W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
Views: 2

Long Description:
This sign is about the Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad and is one of a group of six signs in the ghost town of Gilmore, about 16 miles south of Leadore, Idaho. There are three history signs plus three photo panels, one for each history sign.
Marker Name: The Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
Economic promotion and speculation in Lemhi County reached its highpoint in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Both residents and promoters touted the region as the next great meeting ground of East and West and argued it would rival Chicago as an important trading center. Newspapers, miners, and developers promised that a railroad would provide the economic solution. However, it was not until 1909-1910, when a boom in the lead-silver market, rich mineral discoveries in the Upper Lemhi River Valley, and Pennsylvania investors combined to bring a railroad and expanded business and settlement opportunities to this region. Construction workers, many of them immigrants from Eastern Europe, took just one year to lay the 118 miles of track for the Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad (G&P) line. The route was steep, starting from Armstead, Montana, at an elevation of 5,492 and reaching 7,672 feet at Bannock Pass on the Continental Divide.With switchbacks on both sides of the pass and a 750-foot tunnel under the Divide, the tracks descended through newly named “Railroad Canyon” and arrived in the recently established railroad town of Leadore. There the line split, with one branch into Gilmore and the main line following the Lemhi River the nearly fifty miles into Salmon CIty. Lemhi County residents celebrated its completion with a special Golden Spike Ceremony in Salmon City on May 18, 1910. The railroad was built mainly to aid mining at the bustling new camp of Gilmore, located at the southern end of Lemhi County, 65 miles from Salmon City. However, the entire County expected to benefit from the train’s arrival. And it did -- for a time. Unfortunately, the G*P never made a profit. Derailments, snowstorms, and engine problems led to its various nicknames, among them, the “Grunt ad Pain” and the “Get out and Push.” A Brill Rail Bus, the “Galloping Goose,” worked in conjunction with the train and was often more efficient. It carried mail and passengers from Salmon to Leadore on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and from Salmon to Gilmore on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Ultimately, neither the original investors nor additional funds from the Northern Pacific Railroad could save the train. World War I, a drop in the lead-silver market, problems in ore production at Gilmore, and the introduction of several trucking lines served to break the Gilmore and Pittsburgh. In 1940 the G&P made its last run into Lemhi County. And it backed out: from Salmon to Gilmore, back to Leadore, up Railroad Canyon, and over the switchbacks to Armstead. As it went, crews dismantled the rails and loaded them onto the train.

County: Lemhi

City: Gilmore

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Group Responsible for Placement: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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