The Great Northern Railway spread its tracks along the windswept Montana Hi-Line in the 1890s and the settlement of Chester emerged, named for the first telegraph operator’s Pennsylvania hometown. The rail line was straightened in 1907 and Chester…

The first two decades of the twentieth century saw railroad promotion and homesteaders settling along Montana’s Hi-Line. Chester was one of the first communities to spring up along the new Great Northern Railway line in the 1890s. The town…