I'm working up a story about early Fords in Anaconda, and found this printed with a story about cars in this town. I thought it quite interesting how car numbers and brands have made it to this far west town by 1910. I was unable to determine one brand, and may have missed a Ford or two:
I should have added, I know at least two of the Fords are Model K. This means there are more Ford Model Ks in town than all the single car brands.
You have to love it.......
Anaconda was the home of Marcus Daly, one of the three or four most important men in the copper industry in America. Butte was served by at least five railroads, Anaconda by at least three including the Butte, Anaconda & Pacific. The tallest smokestack in the world at that time and still one of the tallest is in Anaconda. The smelter ran 24 hours a day, there were thousands of smelter workers and dozens and dozens of bars and sporting establishments. There was no end of money among the gentry. I would guess they only listed the cars of the important people of the town, not the lesser ones -- if there were any. Anaconda is worth a day's visit and it is probably still impossible to have a drink in every bar in town in one day although many of the bars are closed and the sporting houses -- so the city fathers say -- are long gone.
In the book ford tramps the boys indicated that there were no paved roads in Montana when they drove across in 1921. If there were so many cars I town I wonder if the roads were paved in the big towns?
I have never seen a reference to that before and find it hard to believe. I'm sure the streets in Butte were paved or bricked by then, Helena had brick streets from the 1880's on the main thorofares.
The beginning portion of the article. The "Pioneer" Doctor who owned the first car in Anaconda now owns a Ford touring by the time of the article.
This photo was dated 1907: