Leo Kinney and Della Schmitz Kinney Interview, 1978


Leo Kinney
Della Kinney


Jim Peterson



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Leo Kinney and Della Kinney discuss the history of Alberton and Lothrop, Montana during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They talk about the lumber industry that supported settlement in Lothrop and recall that a major flood in 1908 devastated much of the town. The Kinneys explain that when the Milwaukee Railroad came through Alberton, Montana, many of the Lothrop residents migrated to the new town. They also detail how many of the Lothrop homes and business were transported to Alberton when this happened. The Kinneys also talk about mining and logging operations in the areas around Petty Creek, Fish Creek, and Ballard Peak. They discuss the development of the historic Mullan Road through Montana. The Kinney conclude by describing their interactions with various native tribes from the region and explains that areas around Petty Creek, the Clark Fork River, and the Missoula Valley served as hunting grounds, meeting places, and even burial ground for those tribes. A portion of the interview is restricted because the interviewees discuss the location of an indigenous burial site.


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Document Type

Oral History


Alberton, Montana; Lothrop, Montana; Missoula, Montana; Milwaukee Railroad; Northern Pacific Railroad; Logging; Mining; Indigenous Tribes; Flathead Valley; Salish tribe; Petty Creek; Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM]; Nine Mile, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Settlers, Homesteaders, Ranchers, and Farmers Oral History Collection Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 090-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (18 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:51:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_090_001_editedforrestriction.mp3; OH_090_001_editedforrestriction.pdf

Leo Kinney and Della Schmitz Kinney Interview, 1978