Roy is a small town NE of Lewistown Montana off Hwy 191. I became familiar with it when we would come here hunting antelope, deer and birds in the late 60's/early 1970's. At that time the Roy branch of the Milwaukee Roads North Montana Division terminated here, the rails were still in place, as well was the depot, and of course, a wye to turn the motive power. At the age I loved trains but didn't appreciate what I was seeing in the Milwaukee Road. It wasn't until years later, as an adult who had long left my Montana home for prosperity, began to think about those days, and the little town in Fergus County, with Black Butte in the distance. We always camped at the Roy Park, in a 1970 Ford F-250 with a Bell cabover camper. The park provided an outhouse and fresh water, up the street, the Roy Bar provided other necessities. As an adult I wondered about a railroad that would build a line to such a little town. I learned of the term "grainger railroad", and also the Milwaukee Road. I have searched for years for historic photographs of this town with the its railroad, depot and a wye. Finally, they were discovered from the Montana Memory Project website, whom I credit with having these wonderful photographs.
I quite understand that much of the subjects of my blog may be of interest to me only, but an interest it is, and I hope some find this information helpful. Thanks for Reading- Dean
The entire town 1914
Building the line to Roy, 1914
The first full picture I have seen of the depot back in 1914.