James J. Hill: one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs

J'Nell-Pate-mugI don’t like to repeat columns, and I do not unless I find additional information on a person or topic. In the mid-1990s I attended a Western History Association convention in St. Paul, and I wrote a column about James J. Hill because I saw his mansion. I’ve recently learned more about him.

American history students may remember him as the builder of the Great Northern Railroad, the only one of the major transcontinental railroads that was not built with government subsidies. Also, it was the only one that didn’t go bankrupt. How’s that for free enterprise, folks!


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