Marcus Daly built the Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway in 1892 to haul ore from his Butte mines to his smelter in Anaconda. The railway ran 26 miles between the two cities. The BA&P was called the “biggest little railroad in the nation” because it carried more tonnage to the mile year-round than any other railroad in the country. In 1913, the BA&P electrified their rails and became a model for other railroads across the country. The BA&P Railway didn’t just haul ore from the Butte mines, but also produce, industrial products, and passengers.
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