History 430: Theory and Practice
The purpose of the railroad is to connect-people to places, commodity to consumer, all the while building a network of relationships. In the Tri-State Mining District, the area railroads served the local mining industry by hauling the ore concentrate to the purchasing smelter. Both industries worked to support the Tri-State area, despite governmental intervention and economic downturns Throughout the early to min-1900s, Tri-State District railroads connected to the mining industry, endured the government, and steamed into the future.
Larson, Brecken, "Tri-State District Railroads: Connection and Endurance" (2010). Theory and Practice: Hist 430. Paper 35.