|Rotary Snow Plow|
Coming Through Taft, Montana
The past week has seen unseasonably severe snowfalls in the Eastern USA. Our post today features a postcard mailed about 106 years ago from Saltese, Montana to Huntley, Illinois. The image shows a rotary snow plow grinding through the small town of Taft, attempting to clear the tracks, after what appears to be a pretty heavy snowfall.
The card was mailed on April 3, 1908, to Miss Mae Hadley, Huntley, Ill. and includes this message:
Apr. - 2 -08
Taft is a new town 4 mi. N.W. of Saltese. I'll tell you more about it later. We have only 5 ft. of snow here at present. I arrived O.K. Try addressing a letter to me at Saltese Mont. and see what will happen.
We wonder if Miss Mae replied and what happened next.
Thank you for stopping by John's Island.
Update -- What does a railroad snow plow look like?
Thank you for all comments. In today's first comment DJan asks about snow plows. Great question and you sure can't tell what one looks from the image on the postcard with the snow blowing in front of it. The White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad has one on display and we snapped the photo below when we were there in Skagway, Alaska, in September, 2014 ... [ see our Skagway post here ]
These big powers can clear a lot of snow off the tracks. No, neither of those people in the photo are John. :-)