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Costlow Collection Part 1, Seeking Lusk Information

Courtesy of Library Costlow Collection, 11/30/-0001

Lusk, Wyo. Seeks Information Here

Looking to the 70th anniversary of Lusk, Wyo., in 1956, a newspaperman has written to Roy M. Crismas, secretary-treasurer of the Society of Montana Pioneers seeking information about the late Frank S. Lusk after whom the Wyoming locality was named.

In writing to Missoula, the newspaperman said that Lusk was founded in 1886 on the homestead of Frank S. Lusk which he had turned over to the town's promoters. Crismas notified him Monday that Lusk was born April 27, 1857, at Buffalo, N. Y., and died here Aug. 6, 1930.

Lusk went to Wyoming and ranched there until 1909. For years he was the sole stockholder of the Wyoming Central Railroad, a branch of the Chicago & Northwestern.

Subsequently he took up contracting and was superintendent of the Oriental railroad project between Kansas City and Mexico City. Built the mountain section of the Moffat road in Colorado in 1902-04 and built the double tunnels of the Milwaukee and Northern Pacific in western Montana.

In 1912 he acquired control of the First National Bank at Missoula. He sold out in 1920.

Lusk was Montana vice chairman for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. At the time of his death he was chairman of the Montana Textbook Commission, Missoula Library Board and the Missoula County High School Board of Trustees.

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