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Catalog Number 2006.044.0061
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description "Roarin' Joe" at Work—Joe Narlow was at work for Jack Wilson for many years. He was an Aldridgite who went away to work in the National Park during the long,long strike, but, in 1905, he resigned his position there to return to Aldridge when the aerial tram construction was started. In 1908 Joe Narlow was elected to be one of the two constables of the town.

Not only did Joe Narlow haul the big loads of cable for the building of the aerial tram, but he was still around when it was dismantled. He is shown here rolling up the Foster Line cable with a type of turntable he built. It was called a "Team Hoist." Tony Koncilya helped him in some of the dismantling work. After the mines closed, the aerial tram was purchased by G.L. Tanzer of Cooke City. Because Joe Narlow stayed and because The Company owed him money, it was to him that buyers of the buildings in Aldridge went. Always involved with construction, he helped build the road which was put into the Silver Tip Ranch on Slough Creek many years later. Said one oldtimer, "I worked with Joe, but I never slept with him! That 'Roarin' Joe' name was given to him because he snored so loud he was always put off in a bunkhouse by himself."
Photographer Bill Whithorn
Title "Roarin' Joe" at Work
Collection Whithorn Collection