By Peter J Lewty

In exactly many years of prosperity, among 1886 and 1891, a wave of railroad development broke around the moderately populated inland undeniable of the Pacific Northwest. Racing to safe strategic routes and resources of site visitors, the railway promoters equipped an in depth and bewildering community of competing strains. carrying on with the saga he began in To the Columbia Gateway: The Oregon Railway and the Northern Pacific, 1879-1884 (WSU Press, 1987), Peter Lewty describes the region's dramatic railroad growth within the years 1885 to 1893. Recreating the existing surroundings of optimism and pleasure, he lines the growth of the Northern Pacific and Union Pacific platforms within the inside Northwest, chronicles the development of the Pacific extension of the nice Northern Railway, and provides a multi-faceted portrait of railway operations at the final frontier of yank cost.

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That railway, however, seems to be a topic blending in more readily with an account of events occurring on both sides of the Canadian border during the following 20 or more years. Although I have made every attempt to ensure that the historical data presented in this book are accurate, there may inevitably be some mistakes. For these I undertake complete personal responsibility and offer sincere prior apology. Before leaving the reader with the text, I would like to acknowledge the help given to me by many kind people during the preparation of this book.

Together with Ames he now supported Smith. , but the OR&N board remained unchanged. " Supported by the Union Pacific Railway and drawing strength from public opinion favoring an extension to the Coeur d'Alene mines, OR&N advanced northeast well before the O&T and OR&N companies held elections. 49 The new line, known as the Pleasant Valley Branch, passed entirely north of Colfax, thus allowing heavy trains to avoid the steep gradient just west of that town. It also opened up some of the finest agricultural land in all the Palouse.

Oregon & Transcontinental ownership of a controlling interest in the OR&N no longer offered any advantages, even in terms Page 18 of protection for Northern Pacific. Villard therefore sold out, and as time would tell, his was the better part of the bargain. Thereafter the Oregon & Transcontinental Co. played an important part in financing Edison General Electric, and although it continued to provide Northern Pacific with some capital, the railroad interest took second place. 74 Oregon Railway & Navigation, meanwhile, became one of Union Pacific's most valuable assets, but the manner in which its purchase was financed led to a large increase in floating debt and contributed significantly to that company's later collapse.

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