Arc of the Medicine Line: Mapping the World's Longest Undefended Border Across the Western Plains

Front Cover
U of Nebraska Press, 2007 - History - 393 pages
0 Reviews
Today the borderland between Canada and the United States is a wide, empty sweep of wheat fields and pasture, measured by a grid of gravel roads that sees little traffic and few people who do not make their lives there. It has been much this way for more than a century now, but there was a moment when the great silence shrouding this place was broken, and that moment changed it forever. Arc of the Medicine Line is a compelling narrative of that moment?the completion of the official border between the United States and Canada in 1874. In late July of 1874, the Sweetgrass Hills sheltered the greatest accumulation of scientists, teamsters, scouts, cooks, and soldiers to be seen in this part of the world before the coming of the railways. The men of the boundary commissions?American, British, and Canadian?established an astronomical station and the last of their supply depots as they prepared to draw the Medicine Line across the final hundred of the nearly nine hundred miles between Manitoba?s Lake of the Woods and the Continental Divide. In the brief weeks the surveyors and soldiers spent in Milk River country, they witnessed, and played a singular part in, the beginning of the end for the open West. That hot, dry summer of 1874 marked the outside world?s final assault on this last frontier.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

SEPTEMBER 18 1872
5
AUTUMN 1872
15
THE NORTHWEST ANGLE
41
WINTER WORK 187273
63
SPRING 1873
96
SUMMER 1873
118
AUTUMN 1873
164
WINTER 187374
201
LATE SUMMER 1874
271
AUTUMN 1874
297
THE END OF THE LINE
318
THE MEDICINE LINE
341
EPILOGUE
359
NOTES ON SOURCES
369
ENDNOTES
373
INDEX
385

SPRING 1874
228
SUMMER 1874
244
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
392
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Tony Rees is the author of Hope?s Last Home: Travels in Milk River Country and Polo: The Galloping Game.

Bibliographic information