By Pat Perrin
Lonely and uninterested in rural existence in 1856, younger Bella Lee Dunkinson started to loaf around the neighborhood railroad. Engineer John Hardiman took a liking to the lively woman and gave her a boy's obligations supporting with the engine. One stormy evening, the engine used to be slipping dangerously on rainy rails. whereas John was once placing sand at the tracks, Bella stumbled on herself by myself within the cab using the teach up a steep and unsafe mountainside?a 16-year-old girl confronted with a role that might terrify any professional male engineer. After her heroic and effective climb to the mountaintop, she was once hailed by means of the miners who met her there because the "Belle of the Mines and Mountains."
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