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June 2006


Published in Montana: The Magazine of Western History 56:2 (Summer 2006), pp. 93-94. Copyright 2006 Montana Historical Society. Used by permission. http://www.his.state.mt.us/pub/magazine/default.asp


Heretofore, historians have overlooked the stockyards' role in the development of the meat industry, choosing to focus on railroads and the packing giants. Livestock Hotels, although not definitive, is the first comprehensive examination of the stockyard industry. Complete with a glossary of stockyard terminology, several statistical tables, photographs of most of the stockyards mentioned, and a map, Livestock Hotels offers an important compendium of data while suggesting many questions for further research.

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