quilts

Iron Trails West


The Great Northern Railroad, built by James J. Hill, reached Cut Bank, Montana in the late fall of 1889.  Jewell’s father, German homesteader Henry Otto (H.O.) Peterson made financial ends meet during the winter season by working in the Round House in Cut Bank.  James Hill came to this western outpost stop while trying to figure out how to cross the wide Cut Bank River and mount the effort to cross the great Glacier National Park mountains.  Cut Bank, Jewell’s home town, started as a tent city and grew into a booming oil, gas, wheat and cattle landmark.  There are plenty of Cowboys, Indians, Sheep Ranchers, Chinese, KKK and Fair Maidens to go around on this quilt story.  Let’s sit around the campfire and tell some tall tales of the West, as Jewell remembers from her childhood.


For Events, Storytelling or Quilt Show Exhibitions contact Storyteller Jean Wakely
jeanwakely@gmail.com    507-663-9085
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